Real Strategy caught up with Lachlan Henderson, President at Ottawa-based tech firm Orangutech. Having now moved into their new office on Metcalfe Street, we wanted to reflect back on the journey that was creating a communal and collaborative office space in the heart of downtown. The goal? Something that employees would find inviting, engaging, and multi-functional… in a word, magnetic!
Orangutech is an IT consultancy and software firm based in Ottawa with a primary focus on the federal government and the Microsoft ecosystem (e.g. Microsoft 365, Teams, SharePoint, etc.). They provide both strategic services and software to implement the digital workplace, user adoption, and information management. Orangutech has roughly 30 full-time staff and another 30-40 consultants in the Ottawa office depending on the project workload.
What does accommodating mean? It means recognizing that different people, performing different tasks, at different times, have different needs. The best way to accommodate a variety of needs is with a variety of spaces. From areas for quiet, heads-down concentration to more social spaces for client meetings, flexibility was the accommodation.
“We wanted something that would accommodate any sort of need our staff would have whether it was ergonomic chairs, sit-stand desks, better technology and accessibility supports. We focused very heavily on supporting our staff and their needs, across the spectrum.” — Lachlan Henderson (President, Orangutech)
Creating the Perfect Space
“We worked closely with the designers to build out a space that has a lot of different zones. From quiet areas for people to go and sit down so they can focus on work to boardrooms, meeting rooms, and stand-up rooms for people to collaborate with their peers.” — Lachlan Henderson (President, Orangutech)
Trust and Teamwork
“The biggest takeaway was trust. We trusted what they were doing, that they had our best interests at heart, and that they’d find us the space we were looking for at the terms that made sense.” — Lachlan Henderson (President, Orangutech)
A New and Happy Home
“The feedback from our staff has been phenomenal on the new space! We’ve been able to hit pretty much every ask that our staff had for the new office from the design elements, technology requirements, and just the overall feel of the space.” — Lachlan Henderson (President, Orangutech)