The building, located at 1423 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, was in need of improvements and DaVita® wanted all teammates to work in a bright and inviting workspace. With a tenant improvement budget provided from the building owners, teammates began improvements in the tower that included 560 workstations.
“The office has glass on three sides of the building and teammates were eager to move toward bright workstations instead of the outdated gray cubicles,” said Ana Grover-Barnes, administrative services and facilities manager for DaVita’s Tacoma business office. “We didn’t have a large enough budget to buy new furniture, so we found some creative solutions.”
Clinton Bell of Bell & Associates advised DaVita on the remodel. Not allowing budget constraints to derail the vision, DaVita reduced the height of the workstations and reupholstered them in bright colors. As a result, more natural light is allowed into each work space. Increasing natural light in the workplace has been shown to reduce eyestrain, increase productivity and even decrease absenteeism.
Because DaVita decided to repurpose the work stations instead of buying all new furniture, this environmentally friendly office renovation saved more than 80 tons of waste from going to the landfill. “Teammates at the office love the updated space and are really proud of the way we went about, with the environment in mind,” said Grover-Barnes.
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