Luckett & Farley, which will move its headquarters to 741 S. Third St. later this year, gave Insider Louisville the first peek at the renderings for its new, more open office.
“Designing an office for 100 and some odd designers is a unique, challenging design project,” said Aric Andrew, president and CEO of Luckett & Farley.
The Louisville architecture firm announced roughly a year ago that it would move out of its current headquarters, at 737 S. Third St., after purchasing 741-749 S. Third St. for $1.5 million. Once Luckett & Farley moves out, Andrew said the company hopes to find a tenant to open a restaurant on the first floor and will rent out the office space on the second and third floor.
Tim Pitcher, president of Luckett & Farley Development, previously told IL that the building would cost $5.1 million to renovate. However, after adding about 30 employees in the past year, the company has decided to take over more square footage in the new headquarters, which will increase the total cost. Andrew said the company doesn’t have an updated number.
The new headquarters design will keep the industrial and exposed feeling of the building, Andrew said. The office will feature glass-enclosed meeting spaces and holes in the floor to allow light from the skylights to stream through the entire two-story building.
The office will offer employees flexibility when it comes to working environments, Andrew said, including a coffee shop-type atmosphere that allows employees to work together or meet with clients; comfortable chairs where they can lounge; and private office spaces for times when employees need peace and quiet.
“The new workforce doesn’t want to work here,” Andrew said, referring generically to offices. “They want to work at home. They want to work at Starbucks. They want to work any place but in the office, but we need them to be here so we can collaborate. We are trying to create an environment that makes them want to work in the office.”
Luckett & Farley hopes to the new digs will help the company attract new talent as well.
“We have a changing workforce. Our new employees have a totally different outlook on achieving their work-life balance,” he said. “While we have a great culture, we need to be in tune with the changing nature of the workforce, and right now, we are seeing a workforce where work-life balance is really important, and this whole idea about flexible working conditions and trying to accommodate that, in part, with the work environment.”
There is no date for when Luckett & Farley will move into the space, but Carolee Allen, managing director of client services for Luckett & Farley, said it will be sometime around the middle of 2017.
“We just can’t wait to get in,” Allen said. “Everybody is really focused in on their best work, to make their home away from home something an employee-owner can be proud of.”