Goree Architects designs its new Galleria area office with focus on ‘community, health and well-being’

Goree Architects will relocate to the renovated Sage Plaza office tower in the Galleria area to accommodate its expansion into new business lines.

Founded by Fred Goree in 1963, the firm has designed thousands of auto dealerships nationwide, including the seven-story Audi dealership on the Southwest Freeway and the 550,000-square-foot Westside Lexus.

In the last few years, the firm has expanded its services into the commercial architecture and corporate interiors sectors. The company works on projects spanning the industrial, manufacturing, office and retail markets.

Goree leased 14,206 square feet on the 17th floor of the 25-story Sage Plaza building at 5151 San Felipe. The firm plans to relocate from 8,000 square feet at 4710 Bellaire Blvd. in Bellaire in October.

Anthony Squillante and Collin Roach of Avison Young represented the tenant. Nina Seyyedin and Jason Presley of CBRE represented the landlord, Granite Barnhart Sage Plaza LP.

“We are extremely excited with the growth our firm has experienced in the commercial and interiors sectors of our business and envision our new space at Sage Plaza as a reflection of that growth for our clients as well as the amazing group of people that make up our team,” said Steve Craney, president of Goree, in an announcement.

The firm’s corporate interiors department will handle the renovation, which will incorporate more space per person. Designed to accommodate about 50 employees, the new office allows room for growth, said Ashley Fridell, Goree’s corporate interiors division lead.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the value of human interaction within the workplace and how to design spaces that are focused on density, fluidity and adaptability,” Fridell said in an e-mail. “These elements assist in making employees feel comfortable in their work environment and excited to return to the workplace in a post-pandemic world.”

Goree is aiming for a sophisticated yet casual environment in the new office, which will feature grays and earth tones, with accents in deep purple and forest green and a living green wall. A large training room will double as a lounge for employees while also serving as a place for vendors to demonstrate new products.

“Goree is and has taken an approach of creating a new office space that is focused on a sense of community, health and well-being,” Fridell said.

“The workstations will be larger and composed of easily cleanable surfaces and higher privacy panels to give employees more physical distancing,” she said. “Open collaboration areas combined with multiple small huddle rooms and private phone rooms will give employees another outlet for working away from their desk and encourage collaboration with a smaller group of people. Our employee lounge will include a variety of seating and working spaces which we forsee employees utilizing throughout the day instead of only during the lunch hour.”

Sage Plaza recently completed a multimillion dollar modernization with a hotel-style lobby, conference facilities, coffee bar, outdoor seating areas and fitness center. The lobby has multiple seating options, with surfaces for laptops and charging stations throughout.



— to www.chron.com

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