With more businesses setting up shop in Greenville each year, office spaces around the city continue to be built or redesigned to highlight each company’s priorities and style.
Here’s a look at three local offices and what they each reflect — from philosophy to culture to functionality — about the businesses and organizations that call them home.
Truliant Federal Credit Union’s Regional Office
Location: 110 W. North St.
Size: Renovated 12,676 square feet; total 19,014 square feet
Openness and transparency are key interior elements of Truliant Federal Credit Union’s new regional office in downtown Greenville.
Chad Frye, senior vice president of facilities and administrative services, explained that the goal of this design was to promote collaboration and a place where employees feel comfortable.
“So the offices have glass, the cubicles are low-rise cubicles with glass tops to create collaboration and engagement amongst employees,” Frye said. “We have some soft seating-type areas for employees to work outside their cubicles or the offices and then we’ve got large meeting areas for the community to be able to use.”
Truliant occupies the second and third floors of a building originally built in 1920. Frye explained that when renovating the space, they wanted to preserve the historic nature of the building while also adding modern touches to the space.
“It doesn’t feel like a traditional office space,” Frye said. “We got a lot of our branded colors with the Truliant blue and the yellow that’s inside of there. We intentionally made it a place where it just feels good and it feels right when you walk in. It feels inviting.”
Additional interior-design features include:
- Two fully furnished lofts
- Exposed brick walls
- Exposed wooden ceiling beams
- Training and conference rooms
Southern First Bank Corporate Headquarters
Location: 6 Verdae Blvd.
Size: 107,000 square feet
Arthur Seaver, CEO of Southern First, explained that when designing the bank’s new headquarters in Greenville, the goal was to create a building that didn’t look like a traditional bank.
“We want — when people come in — to think technology, progressive, forward-thinking, collaborative,” Seaver said. “But for the most part, we want the community to feel like our facility is part of their home.”
The five-story building features various collaboration and meeting spaces for employees. To promote community engagement, outside organizations are also invited to use the space for training, conferences, receptions and more.
With a sleek modern design, the new headquarters has rows of floor-to-ceiling windows that let in natural light throughout the day.
“We don’t want it to be cold (and) marble can often feel cold. Hard surfaces can at times feel cold, but we designed it in a way to match the ceiling in terms of triangle shapes,” Seaver said. “I wanted a place where you walk in and go, ‘This is really nice. This is inviting. This is warm.’”
Additional highlights of the floor plan include:
- An outdoor terrace
- A fitness area
- A break room and kitchen
- A Southern Pressed Juicery
HRP Associates Office at the Judson Mill District
Location: 701 Easley Bridge Road, Suite 4130, Building 4000
Size: 6,100 square feet
With exposed brick walls, rustic floors and wooden beamed ceilings, the historical elements of the Judson Mill District — originally constructed in 1912 — stand out in HRP Associate’s new office space.
Maintaining this historical presence was important to the company when designing its new workspace in the old textile mill. It also added modern touches throughout the space using different pieces of office furniture to create a clean, minimal look.
“We didn’t want to distract from the natural elements — the brick and the wood,” said Shaun Malin, HRP Associates principle and regional manager. “That was the goal.”
With HRP’s mission to minimize environmental risks and support clients in brownfield redevelopment, its new workspace in Judson Mill allows employees to show off the space to clients as an example of what a redevelopment can look like, Malin explained.
“We wanted (the space) to be open,” Malin said. “We wanted to make sure we caught as much light from the big windows on the north and south side of the property. What that translated to from an architect’s perspective is the glass front offices and not trying to just take the space with all this great light and kind of box it all in with drywall.
The office space includes two different meeting spaces for both employees and outside organizations to use. Malin said there is also room to expand on the Judson Mill campus as needed.