Teach for America is a non-profit entity that facilitates the placement and training of teachers for low-income schools. Kestrel was enlisted to redesign their current space to better utilize the footprint and freshen up the aesthetic. By rearranging their space to locate the open office spaces together, we created a better sense of community and gave the staff great Western views. Along with 11 private meeting spaces ranging from a 40-person training room to several three-person phone rooms, we integrated the public meeting space with the break room to be an efficient use of the footprint.

Teach for America wanted to have a casual and welcoming entry area that not only greeted guests with a cozy ‘living room’ feel, but could serve multiple purposes such as impromptu meetings and lounging. The diagonal placement of the desk allows for visitors to feel immediately welcomed even when a receptionist is not in sight.

Teach for America wanted to have a casual and welcoming entry area that not only greeted guests with a cozy ‘living room’ feel, but could serve multiple purposes such as impromptu meetings and lounging. The diagonal placement of the desk allows for visitors to feel immediately welcomed even when a receptionist is not in sight.

The break room at Teach for America’s former space was small, lacked counter space and was located on the interior, away from all natural light. It was clear from the beginning that one of the staff’s main desires was to have a more open, bright and functional break room. Kestrel designed the break room to have a sort of ‘industrial’ feel to reflect the office's downtown location. Banquettes were added as a place to eat as well as have an informal meeting.

The break room at Teach for America’s former space was small, lacked counter space and was located on the interior, away from all natural light. It was clear from the beginning that one of the staff’s main desires was to have a more open, bright and functional break room. Kestrel designed the break room to have a sort of ‘industrial’ feel to reflect the office's downtown location. Banquettes were added as a place to eat as well as have an informal meeting.

In response to Teach for America’s lack of eating area and counter space, Kestrel designed a large L-shaped counter and added a bar height seating area. Colorful stripes of Shaw Pigment LVT were used to add interest to the floor and tie in the colors of the counter and accent paint. The seating area features telescoping doors that are painted with white board paint. These can be closed when a more private meeting is necessary or opened for a more casual feel.

In response to Teach for America’s lack of eating area and counter space, Kestrel designed a large L-shaped counter and added a bar height seating area. Colorful stripes of Shaw Pigment LVT were used to add interest to the floor and tie in the colors of the counter and accent paint. The seating area features telescoping doors that are painted with white board paint. These can be closed when a more private meeting is necessary or opened for a more casual feel.

The large conference room, located along the south glass perimeter, utilizes salvaged glazing from the previous build-out to allow natural light into the space. Kestrel used two coordinating Patcraft carpet tiles to distinguish meeting space from open office.

The large conference room, located along the south glass perimeter, utilizes salvaged glazing from the previous build-out to allow natural light into the space. Kestrel used two coordinating Patcraft carpet tiles to distinguish meeting space from open office.

A colorful reception desk with overhead industrial pendant lights in the entry was designed to accommodate a receptionist as well as function as a drop off location for packages or a meeting area for guests and staff alike.

A colorful reception desk with overhead industrial pendant lights in the entry was designed to accommodate a receptionist as well as function as a drop off location for packages or a meeting area for guests and staff alike.

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