Sophisticated, modern design elements celebrate new Dallas location with floor-to-ceiling views of downtown; coffee bars, huddle spaces and lounges encourage collaboration and teamwork
BOKA Powell has completed interior design work for the new Dallas headquarters of Omnitracs, a growing transportation technology firm that relocated from San Diego, Calif. Set on four and a half floors, the sophisticated 106,612 square foot office at 717 N. Harwood houses over 500 employees.
“The space tells a powerful story of the company’s journey, and celebrates its new location in downtown Dallas,” explains Staci Tave, project manager and interior designer from BOKA Powell. “We sought to design a creative space that is sophisticated, timeless and supports collaboration.”
When entering the space, visitors will immediately see a sculptural monumental stair connecting the 13th and 14th floors. Beyond, a weathered steel-clad reception desk sits in front of a layered, natural wood wall.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the Dallas skyline from one side of the office to the other. Open workstations line the windows and have a loft-style feel, with abundant natural light and open-structure ceilings. Directors occupy refined interior offices with transom windows that allow daylight to permeate the space.
“We incorporated a mix of refined and raw elements for a ‘business meets industrial’ theme,” says Taylor Brown, designer with BOKA Powell. “Industrial metals, polished concrete floors and unfinished ceilings in the workspaces are softened by natural wood accents.”
Each level features a similar floor plan, creating continuity, with gathering spaces in the center and coffee bars that serve as touchdown spaces for staff. Open workstations, lounge spaces, huddle rooms and ubiquitous marker boards encourage teamwork.
“The Pit Stop,” an expansive dedicated lounge space, is divided into three main areas: ping pong and pool table, break room (“The Filling Station”) with high-top bar and picnic tables, and a collaborative lounge with soft seating and wall-mounted racks for bike storage. Employees may store their bikes during the day, or may borrow company-provided bikes.
“We want our employees to take pride in our new corporate environment, and as such, we worked with BOKA Powell to create unique, energizing elements throughout the space that make it a joy to come to work,” says John Graham, chief executive officer at Omnitracs. “Everything from the striking large-format photographs of significant locations in our history that accent each huddle space to the ‘Pit Stop’ lounge reflects our heritage and mission to serve the transportation industry.”
The blue and orange color scheme is in keeping with the company’s brand, creating a vibrant contrast to an overall neutral palette.
Employees began moving into the space in January 2015, and the company is currently hiring additional staff to bring it to full capacity.
About BOKA Powell
BOKA Powell (http://www.bokapowell.com) is a nationally recognized architecture, interior design and planning firm, with office locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin, Texas. BOKA Powell’s areas of focus include commercial office, hospitality, health care, higher education, multi-family and mixed-use planning and design.
Other notable BOKA Powell interior design projects include Lanyon’s Headquarters (also at 717 N. Harwood), Stream Realty’s Headquarters at Trammell Crow Center, Cheddar’s Casual Café Headquarters in Irving, the General Motors IT Innovation Center in Austin, and Southwest Airlines Training and Operations Support Center at Dallas’ Love Field. http://www.bokapowell.com.
About Omnitracs, LLC
Omnitracs, LLC and its subsidiaries are the leading providers of fleet management, routing and predictive analytics solutions for private and for-hire fleets. Omnitracs’ more than 800 employees deliver software-as-a-service-based solutions to help more than 30,000 private and for-hire fleet customers manage nearly 1,000,000 mobile assets in more than 60 countries. The company pioneered the use of commercial vehicle telematics over 25 years ago and today its intuitive technologies, including solutions for safety and compliance, fuel efficiency, driver retention, fleet productivity, GPS fleet tracking, route planning, scheduling, and fleet maintenance, enable customers to solve common fleet problems and achieve their business objectives. Omnitracs subsidiaries include Roadnet Technologies, XRS Corporation, Sylectus, and Omnitracs Analytics (formerly FleetRisk Advisors). Omnitracs is part of the Vista Equity Partners portfolio of companies. For more information, please visit http://www.omnitracs.com.