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Designing the new workplace

March 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jeff Quackenbush / North Bay Business Journal

Designs aim for less email, more direct collaboration; implementing a 'clean desk policy'

Before the Petaluma-based telecommunications network equipment and software developer went public with its stock two years ago, Cyan, Inc., took its open-floorplan central office partly private, and it's newly outfitted expansion further demonstrates a number of modern office-design trends that are starting to appear in the North Bay.


While phone booths have been disappearing from streets and building lobbies since the cellphone revolution, they are making a comeback in the workplace, as quiet oases amid the bustle -- whether energizing or frustrating -- of floorplan configurations with fewer private offices and cubicles.

Roughly four years ago, Cyan expanded on the third floor of the 1383 N. McDowell Blvd. office building in the Redwood Business Center development. And shortly after that time, the company installed four one-person "phone booths" into a wall on the interior of the space. In February, Cyan expanded into the whole third floor of a newly completed adjoining building, and that space has 16 two-person glass-walled booths, mostly arranged along the outside of the space.

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