Northwood University was looking to create an environment where working professionals could come and learn in a highly collaborative space. The teachers at the DeVos School of Management are facilitators not lecturers, so the interior space had to support discussion and interaction. In addition, the program didn’t have a full-time receptionist so the instructors needed to be visually accessible to all of the space.
The facility manager and the designer worked very closely on the overall scope of the project. The center of the space features a café area complete with restaurant-style booths that allows students to gather informally. The instructors’ offices were specified with glass fronts to allow for sight lines throughout the entire space. Finally, the designer used Haworth Planes polygon tables to create a mobile, highly collaborative classroom area. The tables were powered to allow easy computer access.