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Special Olympics

  • 14,000 sqft
  • The Americas

Minneapolis MN, USA

  • Strategy
  • Design
  • Delivery
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We partnered with Special Olympics to create an energetic and sporty office that truly exemplifies the powerful work of their organization.

Special Olympics is the largest sports organization in the world for those with intellectual disabilities. Harnessing the power of sports to shift focus from disability to ability, Special Olympics organizes over 100,000 athletic competitions per year.

Employing our full methodology of services, we were engaged from the site selection process through project closeout to identify, strategize, design, and deliver a space that dynamically reflected the specialized needs of Special Olympics while actively adhering to a stringent budget.

Using our due diligence surveys, fit planning and progressive budgeting, Special Olympics was able to easily evaluate and identify the best location for their new office. Selecting the correct space from a completed fit plan, we worked with Special Olympics and their broker to swiftly finalize the deal terms of their new lease.

With the support of Special Olympics’ Board of Directors, our strategists and designers led a collaborative effort to understand the organization’s unique needs and determine how they best translate to the physical space. Leveraging Special Olympics’ standard color palette, our team designed a fresh, energetic and collaborative space that accurately embodies the mission, goals and work of the organization. Showcasing the main sports and events of Special Olympics, the office includes distinct features such as modular photo walls, a concrete track throughout the space and a wooden basketball court wall at reception.

With a belief in shifting focus from disability to ability it was paramount that the space could be equally used by all. Our design and delivery teams ensured that every aspect of the space, at the very least, complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act – creating an inclusive environment where employees and athletes alike would feel comfortable.

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