Blue Foundry’s new administrative office space at 7 Sylvan Way in Parsippany — All images courtesy: DMR Architects
By Joshua Burd
A growing regional bank has opened the doors to a new 40,000-square-foot office space in Parsippany, in a project designed by DMR Architects.
According to the design firm, which worked on behalf of Blue Foundry Bank, the space at 7 Sylvan Way reflects the lender’s recent rebrand and business plan that emphasizes face-to-face interactions. That has translated to an administrative office that can be functional for the varied needs of its staff, while maintaining a sense of community through appropriate proportions and an intuitive circulation.
DMR Director of Interior Design Michelle Lee spearheaded the project.
“We have found that our staff is excited to come to a workplace that is a showpiece,” James Nesci, Blue Foundry’s CEO and president, said in a prepared statement. “DMR has created an experiential and comforting environment where our staff have the space and services to satisfy their personal preferences and projects.”
DMR announced the milestone last week, detailing design elements such as 14 different ceiling types, non-assigned and reservable stations with sit-stand desks and a reduced number of private offices. Amenities also include a wellness room, lounges with fire features and a cafeteria with dispensers for wine, beer and kombucha.
The firm added that the new facility complements its design of branch locations for Blue Foundry — which are also a departure from the current bank retail world in which the customer might do their business without encountering another person. According to a news release, the spaces are meant to support the lender’s intent to provide reasons for its customers to extend their visit to the branch.
Blue Foundry has 16 branch locations throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.
“Our design meetings with Jim and his team were not only about where they wanted walls, windows and stairwells,” said Lloyd Rosenberg, CEO and president of DMR Architects. “They were about creating the physical embodiment of Blue Foundry’s culture of collaboration, flexibility and connectivity.
“There are a lot of areas that can be used regularly and for many purposes — intimate meetings, team brainstorms and larger staff meetings and trainings, as well as during breaks and after-hours. The design provides flexibility so that no matter how an employee chooses to work, collaborate, gather, or entertain there is an energetic and stimulating space to do so.”