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See what’s on the horizon in Newport Beach for SAP, the market leader of enterprise application software:

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High-Tech Features to Enable Global Teamwork
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High-Tech Features to Enable Global Teamwork

H. Hendy Associates Fosters Collaboration at UST Global with New Headquarters Design
Interior Architecture Firm Uses High-Tech Features to Enable Global Teamwork

Aliso Viejo and Newport Beach, Calif. – (September 22, 2016) – UST Global, a leading digital services company for Global 1000 companies, recently selected H. Hendy Associates, a Newport Beach, California-based interior architecture and planning firm, to design the company’s new Aliso Viejo, California-based headquarters. UST Global recently relocated to a new, state-of-the-art, customer focused headquarters, nearby its previous headquarters, which was extensively renovated. The move was driven by rapid growth in business from its global customers as well as its growing employee base.

Hendy created a headquarters that represents the innovative and collaborative mindset of the UST Global brand. This will help the company to successfully engage its growing employee base and create an environment that enables seamless collaboration among team members, clients and consultants worldwide. The modern, engaging design features a variety of bright, energizing colors, abundant natural light, and technology-laden, flexible touch down spaces with laptop connections, creating an optimal environment for different types of working.

“Creating a new corporate headquarters for a high-tech company like UST Global requires a specialized approach and a deep understanding of how to integrate technology and video conferencing capabilities into sophisticated design elements and space plans,” said Megan Bethel project manager at Hendy. “Our goal in this design was to create a space that encourages both the use of technology and creative use of space, producing a workplace that not only engages employees but also helps to improve the firm’s operational efficiencies.”

The second floor of the headquarters houses the majority of the employees’ workstations, along with a variety of collaborative breakout spaces designed for different types of activities. Through the use of smaller personal workstations with lowered panels, bright white surfaces and open space to encourage workflow circulation, the design creates more “we” space for spontaneous interaction among team members. The space is anchored by a centralized employee breakroom that is adjacent to the building’s open, two-story foyer.

To accommodate for heads down focus time, the space includes several multi-purpose floating offices that can be reserved by individual employees or groups using an online reservation system. Additionally, there are two full-size conference rooms available for larger meetings. Each workspace features technology connection points and screen displays, allowing for flexible space use and video conferencing.

The third floor has a variety of client-facing features and workspaces, as well as the executive offices. The client-facing spaces accommodate the Digital Network Operations Center and an open area with a large digital screen to display network or marketing information for presentation purposes. It also includes a Creative Suite for brainstorming sessions with clients and consultants, and a residential-style client entertaining space, complete with a full dining room and lounge, creating the opportunity for personalized entertainment options. This floor also has several open lounge seating areas with comfortable touch down spots for collaboration, open video conference spaces that include televisions and conference tables for quick video calls, and a variety of large, enclosed conference rooms. The executive offices throughout the workspace are glass-enclosed, encouraging the flow of natural light and cultural transparency.

“We believe that every facility of UST Global is a place for people with a purpose,” said Alexander Varghese, Chief Administrative Officer of UST Global. “The new global headquarters will facilitate the company to successfully engage its growing employee base and create an environment that enables seamless collaboration among team members, clients and consultants worldwide. This is imperative for our client’s success in today’s digital era.”

About H. Hendy Associates

For more than 35 years, H. Hendy Associates has provided national interior architecture and planning services to a prestigious client list, including Southern California Edison, Monster Energy, OluKai, Kawasaki, Haskell & White and Alliance Residential. Hendy offers a full spectrum of services from strategic planning, creative design interior architecture and ongoing facilities management, with a focus on high performance environments that look great and work great. The firm is located in Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit Hendy at http://www.hhendy.com.

About UST Global 

UST Global is a leading digital technology services company that provides powerful solutions for Global 1000 companies. UST Global’s mission is to lead companies through critical digital transformations to drive higher business value. UST Global specializes in six next generation digital services – design, cyber security, mobile, social, analytics and cloud. Powered by the mantra ‘fewer clients, more attention’, UST Global strives for excellence in providing their clients high quality services and a commitment to long-term success. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, UST Global has over 15,000 associates; operating in 25 countries across four continents. For more information, please visit www.ust-global.com

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Introducing Currents Studio
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Introducing Currents Studio

Hendy has expanded our services with CURRENTS, a new high-performance workplace studio led by Drew Carter, a 20-year veteran who was recently added to the leadership team and serves as the Director of the Currents studio.

Q: Tell us about your areas of expertise and how you plan to integrate your ideas into Hendy’s new CURRENTS studio.

 

A: Hendy’s CURRENTS studio delivers tailor-made workspaces that integrate technology into more efficient, effective and stimulating environments. I’ve been brought onto the Hendy team to lead that division based on my skills and experience.

 

I have spent the majority of my career helping companies to advance IT and business strategy, management, and operational improvements. In short, I help people to figure out how things work, and how to make them better. In my roles, I have built technical infrastructure and business strategies, and engineered processes across industries, including financial, bio-medical, healthcare, and manufacturing. My passion is designing technology and technological processes with people in mind, providing them with accessible, powerful tools and environments. Ultimately, people are what create success for a company, and my strength is connecting people to the tools and landscapes needed to achieve their goals.

 

That’s what CURRENTS is all about. My role is to determine how technology can be better utilized and integrated into designs for our clients: To deliver new ways of working that are tailored for what each client does, and to teach them how to engage their teams throughout this change process. When executed correctly, we help our clients to build truly integrated work environments.

 

With certified change management experts on our staff, Hendy excels at helping organizations implement work style changes that result in the greatest benefits. Educating people about how their culture, space, and technology can impact their work day, their effectiveness, and their overall satisfaction and success is very rewarding. As a result of this education process, clients begin to see their office spaces not just as an expense, but as an investment in their organizations and their teams.

 

Q: Why are technology and change management tools integral to creating workspaces that operate successfully?

 

A: To many, change management may sound like a corporate or academic exercise, but the process is designed to engage people, not just manage the project and ensure that it is completed. Project management’s focus is getting the project done. Change management is about getting the full benefit of the adjustments being made and engaging people as a part of that change. Beyond the methodology associated with change management, the Hendy team immerses itself in an organization to find the best ways to communicate and engage the people being affected by change and tailor an approach specific to the organization and its desired outcomes.

 

By putting change management and technology integration at the forefront of design, companies are able to proactively address changes that will result from the implementation of their new workspaces and plan each new space’s capabilities while simultaneously getting their team on board with the changes. Training and communication are key to instilling engagement and confidence in a new workplace: together, they drive better interactions and empower an organization’s workforce to be successful in their roles.

 

From the technology perspective, in many cases, companies end up trying to tack on the technology integration piece at the end of a workspace transition. This is often because technology feels complicated and challenging, and there is a prevailing sentiment that it doesn’t have anything to do with the design of the environment. Generally, companies tend to advance projects that impact technology, to near completion, before sharing information about the changes with their own expert staff, leaving them to play catch-up. It’s not surprising that many companies then find themselves dissatisfied with the results.

 

At Hendy, our philosophy is that technology should be designed to blend with the environment. Unless technology is your job, it should only help you to be more efficient and effective, not require your primary focus. To ensure this outcome, our team integrates technology at the front end of any design, and uses it to create thoughtful solutions that move it beyond a basic utility.

 

Q: Why are you excited to join the Hendy team full time?

 

A: I’ve been a contributor to the Hendy team for several years, working with the firm on a variety of projects. Through my interactions with the team, I was able to see how dedicated Hendy is to producing the best results for its clients, and to finding the newest and most applicable design solutions to clients’ business problems. The team has a broad definition of design – not limiting it to layouts or finishes, but expanding it to include how all systems and elements integrate to create effective and efficient environments that promote productivity and satisfaction. For me, it’s the right place to be.

 

I’m excited to be able to bring my passions to such a talented team, as we provide new insights and services for our clients. And, to be perfectly honest, it’s a place I’m excited to come to when I wake up in the morning.

 

Q: Tell us something about yourself that we couldn’t learn from your resume.

 

A: Outside of my passion for design, technology and leading change efforts, I have many other interests. Some that come to mind initially include my love for nomad-style travel (preferably on a dirt bike) and sculpting. I’m also very interested in cognitive science and psychology, and am continually looking for new ways to explore topics like sensory augmentation and epistemology.

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Bringing Brands to Life through Office Space
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Bringing Brands to Life through Office Space

As a growing company with an important focus on sales and marketing, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) was in urgent need of a new space that would highlight and further develop the company’s brand as it positioned itself in front of new customers.

With an objective to move from a predominate focus on commercial trucking to focus on growing the automotive and racing side of its business, YTC embraced the idea of using the branding of their space to communicate their passion for cars and speed. Strategic design choices introduce this message into the space through checkered racing carpet, an image of a Porsche with YTC tires zipping around the perimeter of the elevator lobby, a reception desk that mimics an RPM gage and a backlit glass center piece to introduce graphics from YTC’s “I AM” campaign.

Innovative and branded design created an environment to propel YTC’s next chapter of growth.

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New Workspaces Can Further Strengthen Product Quality and Team Culture
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New Workspaces Can Further Strengthen Product Quality and Team Culture

When Mole-Richardson Co., a leading manufacturer of entertainment lighting equipment and one of the oldest businesses in Hollywood, selected Hendy to design the company’s new headquarters, product quality and team culture were of top priority.

To help the company achieve its business goals of bringing the team together, preserving Mole-Richardson’s strong culture, and preparing for continued growth, Hendy created a work environment that combines offices and workstations with conference rooms, collaborative break-out areas, a showroom and a museum. The museum will highlightMole-Richardson’s landmark technological innovations while break rooms and workspaces meet the increasing demand for impromptu collaboration space.

Mole-Richardson’s new workspace enables the company to celebrate its history and look to the future.

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Utilizing Wellness to Attract and Retain Talent
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Utilizing Wellness to Attract and Retain Talent

As competition to attract and retain top talent continues to heat up in the marketplace, many companies are looking to provide workspaces that can help in the battle for the best employees. The move toward wellness is a natural next step in the evolution of engaging office environments.

As companies continue to see the positive and tangible impact from human-centric workspaces, building owners and developers must adapt to new health and wellness initiatives, such as the WELL Building Standard. As a culture, we spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors, and our surroundings have a significant impact on our health, happiness, productivity and well-being. Our predominantly indoor lifestyle results in the need to create a built environment that responds to human needs.

According to the numbers, office wellness initiatives are working. A recent study conducted by CBRE reports that 92 percent of employees reported that their WELL-certified workspace has created a positive effect on their health and well-being.

For more information on Hendy’s integration of WELL office click here.

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