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Westmed’s Rye Brook Headquarters Offer a Safe and Welcoming Space

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This private rooftop patio can be used for employee get-togethers or as an alfresco lunch spot or casual place for a meeting. It has great views of the fountains in front of the building, as well as the surrounding green space.
Photos courtesy of Chris Figueroa @ Chris Fig Productions; Project architect: Andrew Fredman, Andrew Fredman Architect LLC

For its new corporate headquarters, Westmed Medical Group chose a layout that maximizes safety and wellbeing for its employees.

While working from home has been the dominant “office space” for many of Westmed Medical Group’s corporate employees during the pandemic, the company’s new headquarters on the top floor of 800 Westchester Ave. in Rye Brook will welcome them all back eventually. The 23,524 sq. ft. space will house 85 employees in the medical group’s administrative, HR, operations, marketing, finance, and other departments, while the executive suite includes offices for, among others, the CEO, COO, CFO, and medical director. The open-concept layout was “custom-designed to create an engaging work environment that enhances collaboration,” while Westmed’s HR and infectious-disease leaders “ensured that the renovated space allowed for appropriate social distancing and proper safety protocols,” notes COO Karen Dolman, who oversaw the development of the new office.

An on-site gym, bank, convenience store, salon, dry cleaner, and shoe repair are just some of the building’s perks.

Conference rooms are equipped with videoconferencing tech, smart boards, and projectors.

Crucial ergonomic and safety measures were incorporated into the design of all 56 workstations. The company chose cubicles that have extended divider heights and are “larger than a typical workstation design, have a clear entrance, and easily allow for social distancing between desks,” Dolman explains. Each workstation also includes an electronic, adjustable-height desk to allow for maximum employee comfort.

A pop of color plus natural light and access to the roof deck make this an inviting employee kitchen.

Skylights and tall ceilings help keep the airy feel throughout the office. Overall, says Dolman, “I think the [new office] space helps set the tone for the culture we choose to inspire in our people and cultivate at Westmed.”

The executive suites were designed to be modern and welcoming, while offering spaces for “our cross-functional teams to come together to work toward our shared goals,” Dolman says.

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