Located in the Grass Valley neighborhood of Oakland, the Oakland Zoo is home to over 850 native and exotic animals. As a 501 non-profit organization, the Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife both locally and globally. However, running a zoo is no monkey-business–– there is a lot of administrative work involved in ensuring smooth operations. That is why the Oakland Zoo enlisted the help of the architectural firm Noll & Tam in collaboration with Interior Motions to furnish their new office space.
The Oakland Zoo had limited real estate to dedicate towards offices, so Interior Motions had to get creative to transform the project trailer into a fully functional workspace. Furthermore, the project had to be completed within a tight timeline so that the faculty could get back to the animals.
Our team selected multi-purpose furniture that could be moved around to create the ultimate flexible work area. For example, pedestals under each desk were equipped with vibrant green cushions so that users could sit on them as well as use them for file storage. Additionally, we chose ergonomic sit-to-stand desks, spacious cabinets, and acoustic privacy screen that minimize the noise level in the trailer.
Not only did we complete this project on time and within budget, the trailer felt light, open, and conducive to administrative work. And if the wild turkeys and barnyard cats circling the trailer is an indication of their approval, then we would consider this a job well done.