Client: Liquid Agency
Location: New York, NY
Project type: Build out and move in
Location employee count: 8 at start
Square footage: 3340
Liquid had been renting in a shared office space as they were expanding to the East Coast and were finally ready to have a home of their own. Having grown up in NYC, I don’t know who was more excited, myself or Liquid.
Liquid’s IT director and I worked with a property agent to tour, find and recommend the perfect location for Liquid. It was a white box space which had its many pros and cons, like needing to add its own HVAC system, but the incredible unobstructed views from the 20th floor were worth every effort.
Whether on site or from Portland, I was responsible for every aspect of this project starting with finding the space and creating the budget, to space planning, design and managing the build out and set up of the final furnished and functional office. We got lucky with the shape of the space as we needed to accommodate for a security vestibule off the elevator, IT room, HVAC room as well as create 3 conference rooms, space for 16 desks an entry sitting area and kitchen. The glass front conference rooms and windows on 3 sides made the space feel bigger. The building standard finishes such as oak floors and modern lighting fit well with the design.
Best learning opportunity: If you can build it there, you can build it anywhere.
Any hat I need to wear: Furniture assembler. Due to a couple of unfortunate circumstances, I needed to put together 35 office chairs one day. I love standing desks.
Funniest story: So many! before this project even came about I had said out loud “I want the next one to be in NYC… just not in August or February.” Guess which months I spent most of my time there?