Brookfield Properties has redone its East Village offices in historic Eagles Hall. (Photo courtesy of Brookfield Properties)
“We built for growth with the anticipation that we will continue to invest and grow in San Diego,” Lohman said.
Built in 1917 with a Greek Revival exterior, the 18,000 square foot Eagles Hall, 733 Eighth Ave., was remodeled in 1997 by Oliver McMillan, a property developer.
Brookfield Properties acquired OliverMcMillan in February 2018 and acquired Newland, a homebuilder, in 2020.
Getting everyone into Eagles Hall after those acquisitions was a challenge given the layout of the building, Lohman said.
“The way the office was set up before, it had the capacity for, I mean, 65 people,” Lohman added. “With Team Newland, at full capacity, we are closer to 85. We needed more room for growth.”
The three-story Eagles Hall is on the National List of Historic Places, so the exterior was untouched except for two skylights that were added to let more natural light into the building. building.
Much of the interior has been completely redone, with new furniture brought in and white noise machines installed throughout to dampen noise.
“You don’t hear them, but they do their job of absorbing office noise,” Lohman said.
About a third of the first floor has been renovated.
“The lobby is generally as it was, except we’ve added a cafe,” Lohman said. “Other than that, the biggest change on the first floor is that we took an area at the back that had five offices and a large storage room. We got rid of the storage room, completely opened up the walls , then we got rid of two of the five offices, we now have three offices and 20 workstations, we have gone from five people and a bunch of files to 23 people.
While it “may sound like we’re really getting people excited,” Lohman said, “it’s really about taking an ineffective layout and making it effective. These workstations integrate very comfortably.
The first floor also has two conference rooms.
Phone booths to Mars
The redesigned second floor has a capacity of about 34 people with a large open space, conference rooms in each corner and 22 individual offices around the perimeter, Lohman said.
Also on the second and third floors are “phone booths of the future, full soundproof booths where you walk in and close the door, no one can hear you outside and you can’t hear them,” Lohman said. “They look like they could take you to Mars.”
Four of the phone booths are for one person and three have room for two people.
“The doubles have a coffee table in the middle so you can set up a laptop (computer),” Lohman said. “You can comfortably have two people face to face.”
As part of the renovation, all desks have been replaced with electronically controlled desks that can be lowered to a seated position or raised to a standing position.
“Everyone has the option to sit or stand,” Lohman said.
The old third floor had four large executive offices for one person each.
“We tore down the walls and turned them into open workstations,” Lohman said. “Where there were four, we now have 18.”
There are also four private offices.
The former CEO’s office has been transformed into a lounge or living room.
“You can just get together and have a casual chat or watch TV,” Lohman said.
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