DB Team Tours HOK's Office - Design Bureau

DB Team Tours HOK’s Office

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Photos © Mojdeh Stoakley

On Thursday, November 17, Design Bureau's team of account managers went on a field trip to HOK's office in Chicago's iconic, red CNA building. While there, they toured the office and learned about HOK's culture and business development.

Guiding the tour was the Interiors Business Development Manager, Liz Snell, and Senior Interior Designer Natalie Banazsak. Banazsak explained the importance of the sustainable elements and planning that led to the office being LEED Platinum Certified, an honor that only a few offices in the city can boast, with HOK being one of the first. Also noteworthy: the 27,000-square foot space is designed for maximum collaboration — its floor plan is a whopping 98% open.

From the business side of things, Snell explained the different approaches that HOK has when finding new leads and presenting its myriad project capabilities. "With each new lead we find," Snell says, "business development is all about successfully ‘putting together pieces of the puzzle.'"

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