Jacobsen: Built For Life
Jacobsen is a highly successful construction company recognized as one of the Top 100 Green Contractors by industry journalists in the US. They have won numerous awards for their projects from organizations such as the Associated General Contractors of Utah, Utah Construction & Design, and Engineering News-Record. Their impressive portfolio includes iconic buildings such as the Utah State Capitol, the Astra Tower, and the historic renovation of Salt Lake Temple and historic Temple Square.
The company's success is attributed to its core values of trust, quality, and partnership, which have helped them become one of the most successful contractors in Utah. In honor of their long history of innovation and success, Jacobsen has recently built new headquarters prioritizing their most important asset: their employees. The company's approach to office design reflects a commitment to fostering a positive and supportive workplace culture that empowers employees to thrive in a hybrid work environment.
Due to the company's rapid growth and high demand for conference rooms, Jacobsen's old headquarters lacked sufficient space and suffered from double bookings. However, during the planning phase of their new headquarters, they had a clear vision of how the new workspace could address this issue. Jacobsen Construction implemented various design changes that prioritize culture, empathy, and community to achieve this. For instance, the company created open spaces, flexible workstations, large rooms, and high-end conference rooms equipped with the latest technology. The building also features informal areas for employees to relax and decompress and soundproof "phone booths" for private phone calls. The new office also has communal areas, such as kitchens and lounges, where employees can connect and socialize outside their workstations.
Moreover, Jacobsen Construction incorporated local culture and history elements into the office design to create a sense of belonging and shared purpose among employees. The company's new headquarters features artwork and photographs that showcase the region's natural beauty and unique architecture, reflecting the local community's values and identity. Jacobsen's attention to detail is evident throughout the building, with every photo and artwork carefully curated to represent the company's spirit. The lobby features a wall sculpture made from recycled materials called "Origins," which embodies the many layers of trust and collective Jacobsen expertise curated over their 99-year history. The "Hard Work" photo gallery showcases the positive impact of their projects on the community and people.
Another critical aspect of Jacobsen Construction's approach to office design is the emphasis on employee well-being. The company's new headquarters features various amenities, such as a fitness center, outdoor patios, and a wellness room, that promote physical and mental wellness among employees.
With many amazing spaces available in the new workspace, Jacobsen needed an ally that would help them to guarantee the booking & utilization of every space. This is where PowerBx and HUNT partnered up to consult and recommend managing the workspace with Eptura’s suite of worktech solutions paired with PowerBx's Lite hardware line to support iPad displays in collaboration spaces.
The new office was introduced during the pandemic, introducing additional challenges. The Communication and Marketing team led by Amy Christensen made a tremendous effort with assertive campaigns to inspire a sense of security and safety in returning to the office. As a result, the office has become a second home for employees, as all their needs were carefully considered in the new design.
In conclusion, the new headquarters of Jacobsen Construction is a testament to the company's commitment to cultivating a positive and supportive workplace culture that empowers employees to thrive in a hybrid work environment. By incorporating design elements that prioritize culture, empathy, and community, the company has created a workplace that reflects the values and identity of the local community. Moreover, by investing in employee well-being, sustainability, and advanced technology solutions, the company has demonstrated a customer-focused approach that aligns with its customers and stakeholders' needs and expectations.