"The recognition from Crain's is especially meaningful because our office was built and designed by our internal team with our own unique needs in mind," said Gabrielle Martinez, Managing Partner of agencyEA. "We're extremely proud of the space, and honored to be featured."
Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood since 1999, agencyEA's office incorporates an open floor plan that facilitates cross-departmental collaboration, while unique, creative touches and art installations throughout reflect the company's vibrant culture, values and work product. Employees enjoy in-office arcade games, a Ping-Pong table, punching bag, and a state-of-the-art demo room, which hosts programming such as yoga classes, screenings and continued education opportunities.
"We purposely incorporated unique areas for impromptu meetings and custom art installations, including a mural by local Chicago graffiti artist Left Handed Wave," said Rick Cosgrove, Creative Director of agencyEA, whose architectural background allowed him to heavily influence the office's floor plans and spatial design.
For its annual Coolest Office contest – now in its ninth year – Crain's editors asked participants to send pictures of their standout office designs via Twitter and Instagram and tag it #CCBOffice.
"This was a great opportunity to activate our employee advocacy program," says Elle Kane, Interactive Marketing Manager at agencyEA. "Our internal team rallied together during the submission process with social media posts that showcased employees' favorite office elements through #myfavoritespaceEA."
From movie-screening rooms to themed nooks, Crain's received hundreds of submissions over social media, along with enthusiastic notes about some of their favorite and best-kept office secrets. To determine the winners, entries were evaluated and narrowed down to several finalists by Crain's editors, followed by an in-person, onsite visit from a Crain's contributing writer and photographer. The selected finalists for Chicago's Coolest Offices 2015 go beyond design; they transcend the ordinary and inspire innovative thinking.
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