It is pretty easy to see development and community shifts from the outside. New roads open. New buildings go up and progress is marked by dirt being moved, walls and roofs framed and signs posted.
Like judging a book by its cover, you can’t really understand it until you look inside. The most impressive and transforming shifts usually happen inside those buildings. After all, the reason for the roof and walls is to provide a space for work to be done or services to be provided. For most businesses that’s where the magic happens. It is where employees will spend much of their work day. To get the most out of that time, firms get creative and invest in making their space comfortable and productive.
Here is a peek into a few recent office transformations in the Ankeny area.
MJ & Associates
Marketing firms like MJ & Associates can reach “lofty” goals by embracing true open and collaborative workspace. Clients feel at home discussing their projects with MJ and her staff when they visit their beautiful office in The District at Prairie Trail. The space is so comfortable and inviting the term “office” doesn’t seem fitting.
JEO Consulting Group
As in all markets, offices and restaurants work best when they are near each other – helping each other thrive. JEO Consulting Group enjoys a variety of restaurants, retail and fitness options within a two-block radius in The District. It also benefits from ample parking for employees and visiting clients.
Kinzler Construction Services
The open and airy employee gathering space at Kinzler Construction Services on SE Oralabor feels more like a family rec room than an employee breakroom. It provides relaxed comfort for the day-to-day needs of employees as well as functional space for large companywide meetings and events.
Carlos Rojas, owner of the new Blue Bean café and co-working space at 110 North Ankeny Blvd., has been pleasantly surprised with the interest in the collaborative work space. Many who have been in the habit of working in their home office are finding new productivity in this co-working space.
Casey’s General Stores
If you think relocating staff is hard while renovating an office, imagine what it was like to accommodate toddlers during a massive renovation. Casey’s Child Care Center staff had to get creative while they went through a $1 million renovation and expansion. The new space allows the center to care for up to 130 Casey’s Kids (children or grandchildren of Casey’s corporate office employees in Metro North Business Park).
“The great part of all these new spaces is that it isn’t happening in one particular area,” said Joey Beech, executive director of Ankeny Economic Development Corporation. “It is spread out all over town, from brand new buildings to renovated old warehouses.”