planning systems for the reconfigured work environment

As organizations evaluate workspace configurations to balance productivity, employee retention and operational efficiencies, demands on the building systems continue to change and evolve.  Creative solutions are emerging to meet flexibility, increased loads, enhanced amenities and performance requirements while creating capacity for future modifications.

Common to this trend is the reduction in the physical space per individual and increased reliance on technology as part of the solution. As a result, there is a higher demand for power and environmental systems to heat and cool occupied and high-technology spaces accordingly. Likewise, tenant systems are becoming more sophisticated with the integration of work life amenities (e.g. third-party cafeterias, fitness centers, health care facilities), modular office configurations, access controlled spaces and increased energy efficient code requirements. Hargis is well versed in these advancements and continues to be at the forefront of workplace design as we engage with a diverse cross-section of industry leaders in repositioning their workspace culture and operating environment. 


As a global online service provider and retailer, Amazon has expanded its market reach and service offerings through a nimble enterprise structure that capitalizes on strategic alliances and fast-pace execution. Hargis has contributed to this Fortune 100’s growth by authoring their workplace technology standards and well-executed planning, design and deployment of mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, audio-visual and security systems integrated into structures throughout the building lifecycle.  We have applied our strategic sourcing and partnership programs that effectively execute capital improvements around the globe while developing backbone topologies scalable to the vertical and horizontal urban campus environments.

Bank of America

The 9-floor 310,000 sf restack was designed to accommodate a hybrid of open and private office configuration with supporting common areas (conference rooms, break rooms, wellness room) and back of office operations (print production/filing and high technology spaces). The 1979 as-builts were utilized as a baseline with on-site verification and assessment as applicable.


Headquartered in the heart of Seattle’s downtown core, Nordstrom operates a vertical campus across several notable skyscrapers. Serving the retail visionary’s range of program spaces, we have contributed to multiple evolutions in its workplace culture and configuration. The most recent include six major tenant improvements totaling over 1.9 million square feet, including 467,000 sf in the Russell Investments Center; 417,000 sf for the national headquarters at 6th & Pine; 400,000 sf call center and corporate operations integrated into the Century Link Tower; 324,000 sf 1700 Seventh Avenue; 250,000 sf in Bell Plaza; and Technology Group’s 113,500 sf of Metropolitan Park North to house call center and regional data center functions in support of increased online sales.


As Microsoft has expanded its headquarters and global operations, we have proven our ability to keep pace with sophisticated environments associated with the dynamic business lines and R&D testing labs. This has translated into over six million square feet of constructed spaces within its urban vertical and corporate headquarter campuses over the past decade. Our involvement has included campus additions, ground-up construction, tenant improvements, laboratory upgrades and repurposing of newly acquired structures throughout its operating global footprint. We have been engaged to develop technology master plans, revitalization approaches to existing structures and modifying workspace technologies adaptive to the evolving workplace environment. Earning the position as a preferred consultant, our specialists have also contributed to premier enterprise initiatives such as the Nokia acquisition network integration, wireless first, cloud base services and marquee campus transitions.


Over the past decade, T-Mobile has expanded and improved critical infrastructure throughout its Puget Sound operating centers. Hargis has been engaged with these efforts as we assessed existing conditions, developed strategies for stabilizing and expanding systems capacity and reliability, and contributed to T-Mobile’s expanding footprint throughout the Puget Sound region. We have served 617,000+ sf upgrades, expansion, tenant improvements and ground-up construction of data centers, laboratories, workplace environments and common amenities. Similarly , we assessed building system capacity at 2 & 4 Newport to support 194,000 sf restack and office tenant improvements.

City of Seattle

Seattle’s Municipal Tower houses several critical functions for the city including mission critical infrastructure to support emergency response, traffic control and utility technologies. So when the city considered the idea of increasing the workstation capacity by 20% the building systems’ needed to be evaluated. Bringing together a team of subject matter experts, the programmatic and technical aspects of this project are being addressed as the workspace configuration options are evaluated and their impact on the mechanical, electrical, vertical transport and mission critical programs. 

US Environmental Protection Agency

The 160,000 sf restack efforts of the Region 10 Headquarters reconfigured 14 floors of occupied space within the Park Place Building. Transitioning to flexible, modular workspace configuration, higher densities were introduced to the space, along with enhanced technology, training and work-life amenities. Maintaining the LEED® Platinum certification while addressing the technical merits of the project translated into sustainable strategies achieved through water use reduction, optimization of HVAC and lighting energy, and increased ventilation for occupant comfort.

Washington State Dept. of Employment Security (ES)

As part of the Capitol Campus, our engagement in the ES headquarters was to support a complete restacking of 100,000 sf office building with denser office configuration. We completed a capacity analysis and assessment of the aging power distribution system followed by design of system upgrades and tenant improvement modifications.

Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries (L&I)

We were engaged to assess system life expectancy, upgrade/replacement schedule and preliminary cost opinions for the associated recommended modifications for the fully occupied 350,000+ sf, 5-story building. Subsequently, we have supported various system upgrades and restacking of select building functions. We also led electrical system testing, arc flash hazard analysis and associated labeling for the complete existing power distribution system, and the data center consolidation efforts.