An Office Buildout Is Just Like a Web Site Redesign

by Joanna Pineda Posted on July 21, 2009

Matrix Lobby Matrix Group is getting close to moving to its new space at 2711 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington (Crystal City), VA.  This is the first time that we’re doing a buildout and I’m looking forward to seeing how our physical space can support how we collaborate and do our work.  I’ve also been fascinated to realize that a construction project is like a Web site design project in many ways:

User Experience

Implementation and Budget

Project Management

As of today, July 21, it looks like we’re on track to move August 1.  The buildout is done, the final inspection is tomorrow (knock on wood), the phone and security systems will be installed this week, and the movers are scheduled and confirmed (including a special mover for the pool table!).  Now we just need to finish packing, but that’s what interns are for. 🙂

I learned a lot from this buildout and I’m glad that we were able to take lessons learned from managing Web projects for ten years and apply them to what has turned out to be a relatively pain-free buildout and move.  If you’d like to see photos of the new office, including photos of the demolition and buildout, check out the Matrix Group Flickr feed.

How about you?  Have you lived through an office buildout or home remodel?  What lessons did you learn?  Any disasters or tips you care to share?

One reply on “An Office Buildout Is Just Like a Web Site Redesign”

JP – The office looks amazing. Kudos to you and the new office team for putting together such an awesome space. I can’t wait to start a new chapter at MatrixGroup at our new digs! Now to finish packing …

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