National sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma recently moved its team of 45 staff members and 12 college chapter consultants into new office space at the Bridge Park development in Dublin, Ohio.
The organization occupies 22,000 square feet on the second and third floors of 6640 Riverside Drive, where staff enjoy scenic views of the Scioto River and a dynamic, walkable community.
technology enhances face-to-face and virtual meetings
Inside, state-of-the-art technology solutions help create the collaborative workspace that Kappa Kappa Gamma desired for its new headquarters. Jean Davis, Kappa's Director of Technology, said that Crawford-Hoying Development Partners and Brackett Builders recommended Integrated Building Systems to help the sorority plan, design, and integrate audio-visual and conferencing solutions.
"Integrated Building Systems designed and configured all our meeting spaces and our training room to include conference calling, video calling, live computer and mobile device displays to TVs, live streaming and recording of meetings, and display annotation software for presentations," Davis said.
The new systems increase teamwork and make it easier for people to come together to work on projects, Davis said, whether face-to-face or virtually. Davis said she expects the live streaming and annotation software will be the most-popular new features.
virtual events save time and money
"We are very excited to be able to host virtual training events and meetings at our new space!" Davis said. "This will save us time and money and make it so much easier for our volunteers to receive training without the time and cost of travel. The meeting rooms are being utilized daily for presentations and conference calls. We may even make these rooms available to our neighbors to host meetings for them."
collaboration, functionality, and recruitment drive choice of office space
Columbus Business First reported in July 2017 on the sorority's search for a new home after deciding to move from an historic house in Old Towne East in Columbus. The paper quoted Kappa Kappa Gamma Executive Director Kari Poole: “Finding a new location for the national headquarters of Kappa Kappa Gamma was an important journey in our organization’s history. We were looking for the right balance of functional office space with areas to enhance collaboration in a setting that attracts the best staff, while still highlighting the heritage of Kappa. Our new space at Bridge Park allows us to have it all."
Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded in 1870 at Monmouth College in Illinois and has 141 active chapters across the country, including eight in Ohio. It counts 280,000 members since its founding.
"Working with the IBS team was terrific," Davis said. "Everyone was knowledgeable, responsive, and very nice to work with. We will continue with them on future projects."
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