Richmond, VA

Dominion Payroll Services

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20,000 SF

From the start, Dominion Payroll Services had one goal in mind: to deliver a fun, functional and creative space for their staff and community that engaged as many local partners and support as possible. The new DPS office was envisioned as a community gathering space, a place where people could host meetings and events, happy hours and fundraisers – a highly flexible space that people wanted to enjoy outside of work hours.

The previous DPS headquarters was dark and closed-off, the exact opposite of owners’ Dave Gallagher and Dave Fratkin’s goal for their new space. Hoping to encourage cross-functionality and collaboration among teams, the Hickok Cole design team executed an inviting open-concept space, bringing DPS employees together for the first time. With splashes of bright color, wood tones and lots of energy, the welcoming office provides a modern and warm environment. Central to this effort were the creation of a place to celebrate DPS employees, full access to natural light, and spaces that are quickly adaptable.

The new space facilitates interaction and collaboration to drive high performance business and inspire creativity. Emphasis was placed on finding the right local businesses to engage as partners in the creation of the space, including Surface Supply for wood products and custom desks, La Diff for furniture, and artist Ed Trask – who was commissioned to create a paint-by-numbers mural for DPS staff, friends and family to test their artistic skills during their open house.

“DPS’s space is a product of the perfect blend of the client’s vision, architects expertise and artistry, and the contractor’s execution. The space is a great example of the environment that supports the way employees work, socialize and develop community relationships. It is great to see that the workspace can make such an impact on the organizational culture, be motivational, and contribute to the well-being of the employees.” – Sejla Hoareau, JLL