Butler Rosenbury & Partners’ Downtown Digs

Butler Rosenbury & Partners remodeled its downtown Springfield office last summer to honor the past while creating a more open, futuristic workflow.

By Rose Marthis

May 2018

Woman working in open office with architecture plans on desk.
Photo by Brandon AlmsThe architecture firm has changed a lot since moving to this downtown location in 2004. It became a smaller operation after the 2008 recession, and the change in staff size meant a change in workflow. The firm now occupies only half a floor and is much more open and collaborative. “We’re more of a one-team approach as opposed to a number of units,” says Managing Partner Tim Rosenbury. Purchase Photo
Employees playing foosball in bright, open office
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Brandon Roellig, intern architect, and Bryan Williams, student architectural intern, take advantage of the foosball table that’s been at the firm long before they arrived. This is one of the few pieces of furniture that has survived multiple moves and the remodel, and it has been a home to brain breaks and nightly matches that are part of the company’s history.

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Office seating area with black furniture
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A hallway houses modest conference rooms, known as living rooms, for small meetings or phone calls. With the main work area being so open, it’s important to have a place for privacy. These alternative spaces also help diversify working options in the office.

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Computer screens in modern office with architecture plans.
Photo by Brandon AlmsThe office is set up to foster collaboration, and Rosenbury says the focus has always been on the work. You won’t see a lot of decoration or personalization on these desks. Open cubicles let teams work on projects together, so despite a lack of privacy, there is immediate access to peer knowledge for assistance and answers. Technology’s impact on the industry also allows more to be done on screen instead of on paper. Fewer files means less clutter in the office. “We tore out shelves because we didn’t need the storage,” Rosenbury says. Purchase Photo
Hard hat on bright modern desk with lamp
Photo by Brandon AlmsArchitect Layne Hunton does have a few personal items on his desk, including a brick marker holder and his own construction hat with the company logo on it. Hunton has been with the company three years, and found a way to reuse the brick that was given to him as a sample material for a project. His hat is always nearby when he needs to take it to a job site. Purchase Photo
Bright red wall in modern office with long wood desks
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When visitors step off the elevator, they are welcomed with bright red walls and displays of significant projects. The reception area leads to the cafe-inspired break room that employees use for morning coffee and a change of scenery for lunch. There’s also the main conference room, which has capacity for everyone during staff meetings and presentations. When updating the office, the team wanted a sleek modern feel that would match the new working area.

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Architecture firm's old scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, advertisements and photos
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Geoffrey Butler’s drawing table is another piece of furniture that’s been with the firm since the beginning. Butler, the founding partner, has also held on to scrapbooks full of newspaper clippings, advertisements and photos that hold memories and accomplishments spanning the firm’s 40-year history.

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