Workplace
as an Asset

“ We are in a fast-paced industry and an innovative workspace is key in supporting speed to market and continuing to drive innovation. The process of designing our new space was truly a creative journey, and we believe this new environment exemplifies the transition we are driving. ”

Andrew Doman Chairman of the Board and Former CEO

Russell Investments, a subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual, was looking to create an energized environment that would enable ideas to be exchanged more quickly around the world. The solution included the relocation of its headquarters and migration from a traditional office/cubicle standard to an open office/collaborative work environment. NBBJ was invited to better align Russell’s workplace solutions with the changing nature of its work practices to add value to the business. Building upon best practices and lessons learned from corporate offices around globe, the new space solves many of the core limitations associated with traditional open work environments.

Open Floor Plan

Large floor plates offered Russell the chance to increase group adjacencies and create critical team mass. The move enabled the firm to increase from 80 to 100 employees per floor to 275 to 300 per floor. Usable square feet per employee is significantly lower than their previous location and the industry average for asset management and financial service firms.

Awards and Publications

Awards

AIA Seattle, Honor Award, 2011

Publications

The New York Times, “In New Office Designs, Room to Roam and Think”, March 18, 2012