The sound of popping corks and conversation set the scene as Lenexa-based healthcare design firm Pulse Design Group celebrated the completion of its office remodel on Wednesday.
JE Dunn began construction on the space in Spring 2016, structuring the remodel in four phases to minimize office disruption. The facelift took three months to complete and includes two conference rooms, additional offices, new floors and a focus on a popping green color scheme.
“We’re a smaller firm but before the remodel our conference rooms weren’t big enough to accommodate the entire staff for team meetings,” said Principal Michael Andracsek. “There were people standing in the hallway.”
The decision to rejuvenate the space came after the company signed an additional seven-year lease. Lindsay Kautio, associate principal and director of interior design, believes the changes makes the space more impactful.
“We wanted to brand the office like we brand our firm; one cohesive package,” Kautio said.
Conference room renovations include an 84-inch touch screen computer monitor that allows up to four people the ability to interact with documents simultaneously. Previously, employees would have to share their laptops around and use a projector on the wall.
“Now our workspaces can stay where they are and we benefit from having much more interactive presentations,” said Principal Rick Embers.
Pulse Design Group has been building a reputation of incorporating new technologies over the last four years in large part thanks to Callum Vierthaler, an intern architect who played a major role in developing the 3D virtual reality simulation system.
“When communicating ideas to clients it’s important to have the right tools,” Vierthaler said.
Along with innovative tech, Pulse leadership stresses the importance of maintaining their family-oriented company culture. Employees are strongly encouraged, if not ‘chased’, out the door by 5 p.m. to ensure their work/life balance.
“These are some of the most passionate and focused individuals I know,” Embers said. “They really back each other up, no one gets left behind.”
Mary Moore, director of marketing & business development, describes Pulse as a ‘hidden gem’ now rapidly growing in presence both locally and nationally, something Moore hopes will attract new talent.
“There is a momentum building and everyone can feel it,” Moore said.