Backcountry.com Corporate Headquarters

Method Studio recently completed the design of Backcountry’s new corporate headquarters in Park City, Utah. The project included a full demolition and rebuild of 35,267 s.f. of office space that accommodates 300 employees in an open agile based plan with adequate support spaces for collaboration and creativity, all designed to promote happier and healthier gearheads (loving nickname for the organization’s employees).

Key strategies for success in such an open plan were centered on carving out areas for heads down work where individuals could “Focus” when needed – enter the “Private Room”. In addition, meeting rooms of various sizes were incorporated as well as a spacious and inviting break room. The design goals of the project were to capture the essence of the organization’s history and culture through the use of the right finishes and materials – locally reclaimed barn wood for example. Method Studio worked with Backcountry to create a Branded interior that could be rolled out to other office locations, ensuring continuity and preservation of style guidelines.

The project was required to adhere to a timeline process that would program, design, document, bid, permit, build, and place furnishings and branding elements within a three (3) month window, all for a budget under $40.00 s.f.

The design and subsequent execution embodies the vision set by key stakeholders, satisfying a myriad of needs and wants: the CFO’s financial expectations, the Creative Director’s mantra that it must adhere to style guidelines, the CEO’s desire for capturing the essence of the culture, and the COO’s mandate that it be done yesterday. The main focus of the design was to make sure that the endeavor would exceed the client’s expectations of “Good, Fast, & Cheap”. Careful consideration was given to the selection of materials that would meet the budget and schedule challenges while making sure to maintain design integrity. Bottom line: A project delivered on time and within budget but “dog ugly” would not be considered a success.

IIDA BEST Award for the BEST ON A BUDGET category, 2014

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