Cempa Community Care (formerly Chattanooga Cares) strives to champion healthy communities through compassionate and responsive delivery of education, health, social, and advocacy related services. The Office Furniture Warehouse team had the opportunity to work with Cempa’s Chief Operating Officer on the transition to their new office.
Leading up to 2018, Cempa was working hard on a strategy for managing growth. An increasing number of staff was beginning to make their existing space in downtown Chattanooga feel a little tight. The old building housed the full staff, which meant that not everyone had a dedicated workspace. While it was time to find new real estate, the area is a healthcare hub for Chattanooga – which benefits their patients. When a space on the same block came available, Cempa expanded to balance accommodations for patients and their growing brand. Now, the old building is dedicated to patients: a clinic, food market, case management and support services. The new office is dedicated to “not-yet-patients”: space to conduct screenings along with offices for a team of outreach coordinators that work with the public and community partners.
“We originally met with [Office Furniture Warehouse] to update our medical reception area. We had such a great experience we decided to use them to move one of our departments to our new location and purchase furniture for the new space.” – Cory Booker, Chief Operating Officer
Cempa needed to update guest space at their old building and furnish ones at the new office. Our team delivered carpet tiles for installation, then took a group of guest chairs back to our shop for reupholstery. After carpet installation, technicians delivered the recovered chairs along with modular bench seating and end tables. There are two guest spaces in the new office – one reception, and one sub-waiting area. The reception space has some basic guest seating, while sub-waiting has a much more comfortable vibe for people awaiting screening.
Cempa outfitted the new office with three collaborative spaces. Private six- and eight-person conference rooms complement a multipurpose training room that seats roughly forty. A representative from Cempa clued us in on the significance of the space:
“This is the first time we’ve been able to have a meeting with our full staff and give everyone a seat. The arrangement is consistently flexible and easy; every time I come in here it’s set up differently.”
Aside from staff meetings, internal training and development, Cempa hosts community events including a syringe exchange. Training tables that fold and nest, complemented by stacking conference chairs, imbue the space with the flexibility to meet all these needs. The six-person conference space serves as more of a breakout area, while the eight-person conference room has a more traditional setup.
New Office Furniture
There are ten offices at the new space that hold a mixture of furniture setups. Since much of the furniture at the old building was staying for administrative and support staff, we relocated the outreach staff’s personal belongings using our plastic crate system. In each of the offices, we installed a configuration of contemporary office desks. All of the offices except one received an l-shaped configuration – the final space has a wraparound u group in the same style. The l-shaped desks each have one file cabinet pedestal, while the u group features dual file cabinets and an overhead hutch with frosted glass doors.
“[Office Furniture Warehouse] did an amazing job from start to finish – not only with the new furniture, but coordinating the entire transition Everything was handled in a timely and professional manner. They even worked with us as our move date was pushed back last minute.” – Cory Booker, Chief Operating Officer
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