Office Space: Overmyer Hall Makes Modest but Purposeful Office Changes

Chloe Teasley
The conference room has a cleaned up look with slick orange chairs. Available tech in the room is much the same as before—Overmyer Hall didn't add more than it needed.

Overmyer Hall’s new office may not be the flashiest in town, but it is thoughtfully crafted with company associates and values in mind. Located above Cameron Mitchell’s Hudson 29 on Lane Avenue, it has ties to the restaurateur in more ways than one. Mitchell came up with a list of five questions Overmyer Hall—and all businesses—should ask themselves (Why are we in business? What is our common goal? What are we going to be? What is your role?). Overmyer Hall has taken them to heart and displayed them. “We decided to blast that throughout the entire place,” says CEO Greg Overmyer.

Prior to the move, the property and casualty broker was stuffed into three suites on two floors on West Henderson Road and space was getting tight. Overmyer says associates longed for a more open floorplan where they could see one another. The new space delivers—Overmyer says there are only two places with true privacy in the entire office: a conference room without windows and a room for nursing mothers. Another big change is the introduction of branding and a new company color, burnt orange, a look M+A Architects helped create.

M+A provided a guiding philosophy for how the space was to be used. During the build-out, Overmyer explained to M+A where he wanted the kitchen, and it was in a place with no windows. The builder reminded him that he values his associates above all else. So Overmyer decided to put the kitchen and café in the best spot of all, with big windows and a patio. On the counter is a bowl of regularly stocked fresh fruit.

“We really don’t want you to eat lunch at your desk,” he says. “You need to stop and have a break.We want people interacting.”

A big personal change for Overmyer is the fact that the entire front of his office is glass, giving him much less privacy than before. The sacrifice is worth it—he says Overmyer Hall doesn’t have a clique-y vibe like some offices. The modern feel also is good for attracting talent in an industry that usually projects a very traditional look and feel.

“In our industry, usually you’re going to see hunting pictures and leather couches, and we really wanted to get away from that,” Overmyer says. “We’re trying to bring people into the insurance industry and we know we need to be a little bit more modern.”