HVAC renovation as an accelerator of change
The idea for the change had already been brewing in the TEK Insinöörit & Ekonomit- building in Pasila. In the past, small experiments and pilots had been carried out, but the major change was accelerated by the HVAC renovation decision made on the property.
Initially, it was necessary to validate the real spatial requirement: will the employees stay in their own rooms, move to an activity-based office, use a combination of the two models, and how much open space would be needed for different member events?
The aim was to optimize the use of space and move activities from two floors to one. It was decided to implement a pilot space on the 7th floor, where the facilities, furniture, new working methods, and work culture could be tested in practice. The pilot space would also serve as a partial evacuation space as the 9th-floor renovation progresses.
“The space that served as a pilot will be rented out after the project, so it was designed to be flexible in order to make renting out easy,” says Esa Santamäki from Agile Work.