Baker Newman Noyes Unveils Expanded Headquarters

Portland, Maine-based Baker Newman Noyes (FY12 net revenue of $27.7 million) announced the expansion of its Portland headquarters this week to meet the firm’s growth and expanding office culture. The move represents a 10% expansion of the firm’s space across two floors and accommodates both growth in workforce and a shift in office culture.

“To better meet our continued growth, this renovation was the perfect opportunity to redesign our headquarters with our employees’ and clients’ needs in mind,” says COO Sean Sinclair. “Working with SMRT Architects and Engineers and the local team from Creative Office Pavilion, we created a space that encourages collaboration and leverages technology, including enhanced video conferencing, which connects us seamlessly to our offices in other cities.”

The firm used the opportunity to engage employees giving them a voice in the process. The two-year effort began by soliciting employee ideas and insights through surveys and focus groups and incorporating that perspective into the design group’s plans.

“This overhaul has been a great collaboration with our firm and employees,” says Eleanor Baker, the firm’s managing principal and co-founder. “We saw enthusiastic support from employees in the focus groups, providing sketches and ideas and then later helping to select interior finishes.  We asked our employees what they wanted and needed in their work space.  In many cases, we were able to provide exactly what they asked for.  Employees felt like they had a voice in the process and results.”