Many elements of the design and furniture were donated by big local brands to help the nonprofit.
Pelotonia needed more room. In the hunt for new offices, its leaders searched the Short North and the Arena District (its previous home) before landing on Franklinton. Housed in the Gravity development, Pelotonia was the first tenant. One thing its workers love about being at Gravity is Roosevelt Coffee. COO Joe Apgar says the 17-employee Pelotonia team must visit the coffee shop about 75 times a week.
The new space is a little over 4,000 square feet, compared with its previous 2,200 square feet. Pelotonia worked with NBBJ to design the space and received donated time and services from the L Brands store design team.Stay up to date with the region’s movers and shakers, top employers, philanthropic causes, real estate developments and thriving creative and startup scenes. Subscribe to Columbus CEO’s weekly newsletter.
At the front of the office is a small retail space with furniture donated from L Brands’ Pink. Apgar says it was important to have this area. “We have a lot of transient guests who've never been here before, maybe come here hoping we have a T-shirt or something,” he says. Continental Office donated furniture to the office, and Herman Miller donated the desk chairs, each of which has Pelotonia branding on the backrest. Apgar says it’s the first time Herman Miller designed a custom chair.
The only enclosed area is the conference room near the front of the office. Employees all sit together—not even Apgar has his own office. “We spent a long time thinking through the seating chart,” he says. “Putting people next to each other that might not work as closely in their day-to-day job, but they're sitting next to each other and so they're forming relationships.”
There are gigantic windows on a lot of the office perimeter. There is so much natural light pouring in, Apgar says it’s almost too bright sometimes. “I don't think I was a believer of it before, but having natural light increases people's mood,” he says. Another (very practical) thing employees are enjoying are the restrooms. Now, there are two. In the old space, there was only one toilet for all the employees, plus eight summer interns and sometimes volunteer groups. “I've never heard people rejoice so much,” he says.
In one corner is a stage that acts as storage when it isn’t in use. The team has thrown events for up to 250 people in the space, and it uses the stage as a focal point. Previously, there wasn't enough room to put on an event in-house.
“The community's reception has been great,” says Apgar. “A lot of our community members have seen the old place, and this is transformational and different and better in every aspect. People are really excited.”
Chloe Teasley is staff writer for Columbus CEO.