Seeking to draw employees back into the office during the pandemic, our client sought to design a comfortable, open workplace to enable its employees to connect, collaborate, and create under the same roof.

Open Collaborative area with cafe tables and benching, tall shelving dividers, art on walls, people working thruoughout the space with others or separately

Kansas City, MO

Architecture & Design
Account Rep:
Donna Brewer
Interior Designer:
Michael Robinson Photography

HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, tore down walls and completely renovated their office in Kansas City’s Crossroads District in March of 2022. After being apart due to the pandemic, HOK wanted to draw more employees back into the office by creating a sense of togetherness and connectivity. Additional goals were to create an environment that would encourage collaboration, increase communication, and foster employee well-being.

Scope: HOK created open hubs to accommodate new ways of connecting with others, then incorporated cozy and comfortable elements to foster a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere. These areas included lounge spaces, breakout rooms, as well as casual meeting zones where employees could interact, exchange ideas, and build stronger relationships. By providing these spaces, they hoped to boost productivity and promote a positive, enjoyable work experience for all.

In collaboration with HOK’s Interiors Department, our team provided solutions to meet their needs, while also meeting their overall budget. Many of these pieces included bold combinations of colors and patterns to match the overall aesthetic of the new space and remain true to the HOK brand. Our team’s ability to work with multiple brand partners provided a broad range of products to help create a diverse and dynamic workplace for the HOK team to enjoy now and into the future.

Featured Products: Allermuir, Andreu World, Grand Rapids Chair Co., HBF, MillerKnoll, Hightower, Watson, Sandler, Keilhauer, Stylex, Vitra, and Bernhardt

“For HOK Kansas City’s recent office renovation, the John A. Marshall Co. team was fantastic to work with from start to finish. The John A. Marshall Co. team was great through the design and specification process, and they were tremendous through the installation process, which included the coordination and relocation of existing assets. We particularly appreciated their responsive communications and their diligence, which contributed to our successful project.”
HOK Peter Sloan | Senior Principal, Design

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