Graymont is a world leader in lime and limestone solutions. The expertly run, family owned company has been in business for 75 years. With a long corporate history, Graymont has established strong corporate principles, but its physical environment lacked a special energy. The company’s existing design and layout were underutilized and had to be restructured to improve space utilization and enhance amenities. By working with Aura, Graymont was able to take its headquarters to the next level, creating a flexible, collaborative and welcoming workspace that is highly optimized for his hybrid work.
The new headquarters incorporates Graymont’s brand identity and corporate story. The designer paid special attention to detail and finish, resulting in a design characterized by minerality, soft angles, straight lines and a West Coast feel. Additionally, workplace branding is woven into various aspects of the design. Elements of the Graymont logo can be found throughout the building, from reception areas to specific lighting features. The primary color palette consists of Graymont’s brand colors of blue, black, and gray, with orange, yellow, and green Biophilia as a secondary palette. Preserved foliage can be seen throughout the workplace, and a statement tree has been installed in the conference center to brighten up the office. Natural elements create a welcoming environment that visually relaxes, enhances concentration, stimulates creativity and promotes harmony within the workplace.
Employees have numerous personal workstations and touchdown desks, but they also have access to a variety of meeting spaces, phone booths and common areas to break away from task-based, independent work. All meeting rooms are highly optimized for hybrid work, blending face-to-face and remote interactions seamlessly.
The new lunchroom and staff lounge are ideal for smaller, informal meetings and more important team events. There are a variety of seating options, from counter stools, communal long tables, booths, circular his singles, to doubles. There is space for everyone to enjoy lunch and casual socializing. With a fully stocked kitchen and great amenities, the new lunchroom has a café-like feel, cozy and supportive.
The office also has an expansive boardroom that can support large gatherings and external personnel as needed. The conference table consists of small units, flexible, movable and foldable. The table can be moved freely, and various combinations are possible according to the purpose of the meeting, such as meetings, classrooms, and circles. The boardroom also integrates the latest technology, with large screens to enable presentations, discreet video conferencing capabilities, and acoustic panels on three of the four walls for sound dampening and acoustic privacy.
This design goal was achieved by providing employees with numerous spaces to work, socialize, socialize and connect, all within the work environment. In the new workplace, in-office and remote workers can easily engage and communicate, removing barriers to hybrid work. Graymont’s new headquarters reflects who Graymont is by subtly integrating workplace branding. Its history and story are seamlessly woven into the new hybrid work environment.