Earles Architects and Associates (EAA) has completed the design of a 13,500-square-foot corporate headquarters space in Chicago for OneSpan, a digital security and business productivity frim formerly known as VASCO. The company moved from the western suburbs to a space at 121 W. Wacker Drive. Construction was completed by general contractor, Sonoma Construction.
EAA designed the space with a modern, industrial theme, complete with a neutral grayscale palette interspersed with pops of color brought in by furniture and paint. The space was finished with exposed ceilings and concrete floors. The design also includes a strong emphasis on technology, collaborative space and creative meeting and group workspaces, providing space for approximately 60 employees, with room for growth.
“This was an exciting project, as we were tasked with creating a sleek, high-tech environment that would reflect OneSpan’s prominence in the industry and help attract an urban workforce,” said Dan Earles, principal and founder of EAA. “There were many space planning challenges we had to overcome to provide an efficient layout that blends the various work areas together.”
EAA’s commercial furnishings division, SEAATS, provided the furniture design, layout and coordination, including adding height adjustable desks, lounge furniture and bench seating. The office design also includes a huddle room with a wood slat ceiling, two phone rooms and a wellness room.
Other unique elements of the space include flooring colors and materials that create “wayfinding” paths through the office, seating and touch down nooks for impromptu meetings and rich textures with floor and wall materials that reinforce the firm’s branding while also adding splashes of color. The space makes extensive use of technology, including an integrated tablet system for securing and using conference room space.
EAA interior designer Kelsey Kronborg-Mogil and SEAATS designer Reymond Pingul worked closely throughout the project to create the integrated design aesthetic. Project manager Jackie Lynn and architectural associates Lauren Evans and Lucio Garcilazo were instrumental in the design.