We moved into the new wing of our building about 1 month ago for those wondering why my blog changed titles from “The View from Office 227” to “The View from Office 301” – its my 4th move in this building in the 10 years I have been here – 10 years ago Sep 26 I started here after almost 10 years (short by 3 months) at a former company.
And apparently I am officially old now if the gray hairs weren’t enough of an indication, the last professor that I had in any class no longer teaches at SDSM&T according to the students from there that I interview occasionally. Twenty years out of college have passed and now I run into friends that have kids in college. At least my tennis is much better than it was 20 years ago.
But while waiting for some processes to finish running @ work I realized today that I never did finish the “Done” pictures of our updated building. For the first few months, I even popped up a few pictures of the construction in progress. But my updates dried up, so for the quick story, basically in the last 6 months Innovative Systems, LLC went from this
A lot of thought was placed into the design of the new building as far as teams such as:
Another nice break area with fountain pop machine, hot chocolate machines, fridge etc – and just in time as this time of year usually means Grilled Cheese Day, or Chili Day, or Baked Potato Day, or Soup Day, etc – you get the idea, a large group of us like-minded people from across a number of teams enjoy our theme days especially as it gets too cold to leave for lunch during the winter
Each Team area consists of 8 high-walled cubicles with 4 on each side of the aisles, each of them opening away from the main traffic aisles like little cul-de-sacs to minimize traffic distractions, each team area also has a office for their team leader and a nicely sized conference room perfect for 8-10 people.
The inner hallways have glass windows towards the ceiling to help bring as much natural light into the interior of the building, no matter where you are, you are within sight of light from outside which really brightens things up nicely. The interior of this new addition also has 2 large conference rooms and 1 very large one that should work out well for entire department meetings. Also they are updating one of the large conference rooms with PCs to have what we call a “war-room” for those times when 2 or more people want to work side-by-side on specific projects usually around project completion.
It gives us room for about 100 software professionals in our new wing.
All we need now are some Information Radiators (oh yeah, I still have a vision for how we could use these)
A walk around during break yesterday of the interior building shows it to be a 1/3 mile stroll around the entire interior – bet I see some people this winter trying to log some indoor miles as it becomes too cold to walk outside as many of us like to do for breaks. How did I measure it? – with the FitBit of course.
And I see the concrete pad out front just waiting for the new gas grill going in eventually, which we will use a lot this fall just as we use the one on the other side of the building.
In other news, we are smack dab in the thick of interview & job fair season – but more on that in a later post – its raining leaves out there and I need to go home and mow.