by Tom Turner
DSi has had tremendous growth over the past eight years, but with growth comes growing pains, and we felt those pains more in our office space than anywhere else. We had simply gotten too big for the space.
But where to move? We spent plenty of time around the boardroom discussing if the company should stay downtown or head to the outlying Brentwood or Cool Springs areas. Ultimately, we decided that downtown Nashville was the right fit for DSi. It’s an active, exciting location and it’s where many of our long-term clients are. Surrounded by restaurants, music, culture and energy, it was clear our employees would be heartbroken if we left the heart of the city.
The fantastic team at XMi found space in the historic St. Cloud Corner building, located in the middle of Nashville’s Central Business district. The space had the location and character, not to mention 4,000 more square feet than our previous office. We were convinced.
The St. Cloud building – originally opened as a hotel in the mid 1800s – has a lot of character and history, and we preserved its integrity by incorporating a loft feel into our design. Located only a few streets from our old office, team members constantly went back and forth checking on construction, which led to a few “happy accidents” that ultimately became key design elements. One in particular was the discovery of the building’s original wood and steel columns. The plan had been to cover with dry wall, but when we saw them as they were, we knew they’d be a perfect fit for the space’s overall feel. Plus it saved time and money. How often does that happen in a buildout? We also utilized the original brick walls and put in reclaimed wood throughout the office.
The additional square footage allowed us to build four conference rooms, two more than our previous office had, and each was designed to fit specific needs for clients and employees. We also implemented the most robust security system in DSi’s history.
We were very intentional in our design plans, considering our company culture and our core purpose (eDiscovery about people) in every part of the floor plan. This led to the creation of an open floor plan to foster collaboration and a break room, lounge and game room to provide additional space for collaboration, working and relaxing.
After months of renovations, DSi moved to our new home in August. Take a look at the photos below and stay tuned for more blog posts about our new office:
The office includes a full-sized kitchen, communal dinning area, arcade games and garage doors that can be lifted for whole company events and activities. The flat screens throughout the new space are used for videoconferences with remote employees and clients and displaying information like employee recognition, birthdays, company quarterly priorities and more.