The Jersey City office is in line with today’s best practices for corporate office design.
The building has its own wireless network to allow for technology to follow employees wherever they may choose to plug in and work. It also has an open and collaborative floor plan, which facilitates dialogue without having to move very far.
Corporate Services worked with Human Resources on open-plan best practices for this new collaboration model. While there are quiet rooms, the majority of the cubicle space is open with Directors and below sitting in cubicles. There are few offices but many shared teaming, conference and quiet spaces.
“You can move around freely here. That’s a big design change for us. The open plan and technology work together to promote collaboration and information sharing and also support our DTCC 3.0 initiative,” said Catherine Bellini, DTCC Director, Corporate Services.
Going for LEED Gold
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998, provides a series of ratings criteria for the design, construction and operation of buildings and is the industry’s accepted framework for the most practical and measurable design, construction and operation solutions.
Certification levels range from Certified to Silver, Gold and Platinum. Criteria include sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process, along with all necessary project information forms.
DTCC is aiming for a LEED Gold certification.
“DTCC is proud of its commitment to environmental efficiency, sustainability and stewardship, and we are anticipating a successful application,” said Bellini.“It usually takes several months after project completion before the certification process is completed, so we can expect to hear more on this toward the summer of 2013.”