Software firm iCIMS opened its doors as the anchor tenant at Bell Works, the reinvented space of the historic Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey. The new office features an open-plan workspace, a grand connecting staircase, private and group meeting areas, a dedicated patio and abundant spaces for the many events and trainings the company holds for staff and clients.
Because we were already so involved in upgrading Bell Works’ infrastructure and other spaces, Structure Tone was in a perfect position to help when plans took shape to fit out the space as iCIMS envisioned it. Our work during preconstruction and demolition allowed us to get to know the building, which certainly prepared our team for cutting openings for the iCIMS stairs and the bleacher system that connects their conference space to the main reception area.
That head start also helped solve some challenging ceiling conditions. The outdated aesthetic of Bell Labs meant many of the existing ceilings were low, with the building’s MEP systems and other infrastructure hidden above them. To upgrade the space to a modern, more industrial aesthetic, we had to carefully consider how to reposition the ductwork, sprinklers, conduit and other systems in an exposed ceiling.
From the continuing building infrastructure work, to installing the photovoltaic panels, to initial preparations for a proposed hotel, projects were happening on all sides of the iCIMS space. And all of these projects were important to keeping the overall Bell Works redevelopment on schedule. To keep on track, Structure Tone made sure the project managers and supervisors of each project communicated frequently with each other, as well as with the owner, designers and other consultants. It also meant carefully awarding work to our subcontractors in a way that didn’t overload them.
Ultimately, that all-hands-on-deck approach delivered the space iCIMS was hoping for, and it built an even stronger team in the process.