Sharing a Smile: A New Workspace for Pizza Hut® of Fort Wayne

Pizza Hut® of Fort Wayne recently moved from their original space to downtown Fort Wayne. They were seeking a workspace that would encourage collaboration and allow for flexibility. Though their original space was unique and spoke to their story that started at the conception of the franchise, it did not lend easily to teamwork and workspace flexibility. Most importantly, Pizza Hut® wanted the new space to put a smile on everyone’s face. They wanted people to enjoy coming to work and be able to share ideas while they worked with one another. The new space downtown was designed to support employee engagement and improve business performance.
In the new workspace, a large community hub connects the entry lobby with the team training space and serves as the heart of the office. The hub is a place where the Pizza Hut® staff can meet, mingle and connect with each other and the restaurant teams. Beyond the communal spaces, departments are organized in an efficient manner that supports group work among the departments, as well as personal, focused work.
Finally, through carefully crafted interior details and a branded interior, Design Collaborative was able to tell the Pizza Hut® story throughout the space in a fun and meaningful way. Angles evoking the iconic Pizza Hut® roof shape are revealed in wood detailing, light fixture shapes, wallcoverings, and tile and ceiling patterns. A pizza pan installation in the training space explains the core values of Pizza Hut® of Fort Wayne, and a large map graphic shows all of the franchise locations. The map allows additional locations to be added as new franchises are built. Full wall graphic installations in the conference rooms celebrate the imagery of the Pizza Hut® brand. A graphic in the main corridor celebrates Pizza Hut® Fort Wayne’s founder.

This new office space has become a showplace for Pizza Hut® of Fort Wayne. Together, we have created a workplace that better supports the Pizza Hut® business, boosts employee engagement, enables collaboration throughout the organization and connects the team with the tradition and message of a business story. Soon to come, photos of the new workspace and how it has made a difference for the Pizza Hut® of Fort Wayne employees.
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Lauren Elliott RID, NCIDQ, IIDA 
Senior Associate, Registered Interior Designer
Kelly Shields, LEED AP 
Senior Associate, Graduate Architect