Posted by Heidi Schwartz
BOKA Powell has completed interior design work for the new Dallas, TX headquarters of Omnitracs, a growing transportation technology firm that relocated from San Diego, CA. Set on four and a half floors, the new office houses over 500 employees. Employees began moving into the space in January 2015, and the company is currently hiring additional staff to bring it to full capacity.
“The space tells a powerful story of the company’s journey, and celebrates its new location in downtown Dallas,” explains Staci Tave, project manager and interior designer from BOKA Powell. “We sought to design a creative space that is sophisticated, timeless and supports collaboration.”
“We want our employees to take pride in our new corporate environment, and as such, we worked with BOKA Powell to create unique, energizing elements throughout the space that make it a joy to come to work,” says John Graham, chief executive officer at Omnitracs. “Everything from the striking large-format photographs of significant locations in our history that accent each huddle space to the ‘Pit Stop’ lounge reflects our heritage and mission to serve the transportation industry.”
“The Pit Stop,” an expansive dedicated lounge space, is divided into three main areas: ping pong and pool table, break room (“The Filling Station”) with high-top bar and picnic tables, and a collaborative lounge with soft seating and wall-mounted racks for bike storage. Employees may store their bikes during the day, or may borrow company-provided bikes.
“We incorporated a mix of refined and raw elements for a ‘business meets industrial’ theme,” says Taylor Brown, designer with BOKA Powell. “Industrial metals, polished concrete floors and unfinished ceilings in the workspaces are softened by natural wood accents.”
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the Dallas skyline from one side of the office to the other. Open workstations line the windows and have a loft-style feel, with abundant natural light and open-structure ceilings. Directors occupy refined interior offices with transom windows that allow daylight to permeate the space. The blue and orange color scheme is in keeping with the company’s brand, creating a vibrant contrast to an overall neutral palette.
Each level features a similar floor plan, creating continuity, with gathering spaces in the center and coffee bars that serve as touchdown spaces for staff. Open workstations, lounge spaces, huddle rooms and ubiquitous marker boards encourage teamwork.
Omnitracs, LLC and its subsidiaries are the leading providers of fleet management, routing and predictive analytics solutions for private and for-hire fleets. Omnitracs’ more than 800 employees deliver software-as-a-service-based solutions to help more than 30,000 private and for-hire fleet customers manage nearly 1,000,000 mobile assets in more than 60 countries. The company pioneered the use of commercial vehicle telematics over 25 years ago and today its intuitive technologies, including solutions for safety and compliance, fuel efficiency, driver retention, fleet productivity, GPS fleet tracking, route planning, scheduling, and fleet maintenance, enable customers to solve common fleet problems and achieve their business objectives.