OPX’s long-standing relationship with AARP has resulted in another successful workplace that enables its occupants to work more effectively. As with AARP projects in the past, OPX began this engagement with our Integrated Operating Environment (IOE) process to help set the strategic priorities and create a decision-making lens with which to evaluate the final product.
OPX strategically re-imagined how AARP employees, tools, processes, and the office space would successfully interact to deliver on the organization’s mission of “Real Possibilities”. The result is a 24,000 square foot, two-story collection of vibrant, flexible spaces, designed to meet the needs of all types of work, foster an environment of innovation, and promote outside-the-box thinking. Employees are able to collaborate in flexible areas designed for both conferencing and discussion (complete with writable walls, ubiquitous, easy-to use technology, and customized furniture by OPX), and still have the ability to work independently when desired.
As a final step in the process, OPX conducted a post-occupancy evaluation (the first of two: one at six-months, another at one year). Much of the results pointed to a successful alignment of the physical environment with the mission and vision and goals of the group allowing them to imagine and execute solutions for their clients.