Confidently growing into a new, flexible workplace.
Justworks’ rapid growth requires a new workplace to aid in the war for talent and enhance the employee experience
Justworks, one of the fastest growing HR technology companies in the country, was rapidly expanding–more than doubling their workforce in a short timeframe. They were outgrowing their New York headquarters, so they relocated to 55 Water in the Financial District.
Their new workplace needed to embrace their culture, support their focus on community, accommodate their rapid growth, and be a destination for their staff.
Flexibility during times of transition ensures a future-proofed workplace
Justworks partnered with Unispace to meet their workplace goals with our One Team approach. During the strategy phase, we held visioning sessions with stakeholders to understand their core values, desire for a team-oriented atmosphere, and requirements for flexibility and growth.
Our integrated process enabled us to navigate challenges throughout each phase. When Covid-19 caused global construction site shutdowns, our preconstruction and construction teams kept the Justworks site operational. Despite the challenges and uncertainty of Covid, our hands-on approach and creative communication tactics allowed us to hold virtual site walkthroughs and keep everyone up to date.
Using our Propeller design model, our design team de-densified work areas to adhere to new Covid-safe distancing protocols.
A future-proofed workplace that captures Justworks’ vision on budget and ahead of schedule
Our integrated approach and seamless communication allowed our team to bring Justworks’ vision to life. The new office honors the look and feel of their original space while making strategic enhancements, such as highlighting their brand and culture throughout.
Using a neighborhood-themed layout for optimal flexibility, Unispace ensured each discipline had access to the different workspace types needed for maximum productivity. We established customized areas, quiet cars, phone booths, a library for focus work, and horseshoe-shaped collaboration zones. Both the café and reception areas serve as spaces for fostering social gatherings and community building. All of these elements support optimal space flexibility, ensuring that the Justworks space can be malleable during times of transition.
The project was completed two weeks ahead of schedule, and since moving in, Justworks has doubled in size–proving that the new space is truly future-proof.
New York, USA
NYCxDesign – Interior Design, Finalist – 2021
CoreNet NY – Shortlisted – 2021
DRIVENxDESIGN Awards – Honorable Mention – 2021
IFMA NYC Awards of Excellence – Winner – 2022
SBID International Design Awards – Finalist – 2022
A custom-built interconnecting staircase allows staff to easily flow and connect between floors
Play areas and space for morning yoga allow employees to think of their new environment as more than a place to get work done - it's also a place to have fun, be themselves, and bond with their colleagues.
The office design addresses aspects of social equity by incorporating a mural depicting diverse backgrounds, genders and religious beliefs with the message 'just be you'. The new design also implements gender-neutral bathrooms.
A green wall made up of NY flora, supports ecological health by improving air quality within the workplace.
Because of the office’s robust infrastructure, so departments can grow without having to expand the space. For example, collaboration areas can be removed to densify spaces and workstations can be added for new employees.