New look to Bistro 213: Work Café
Facilities Management and Services (FMS) will soon undertake a major renovation program in the Bistro 213 Cafeteria. Work will begin to reshape the Bistro into a flexible, modern “work café” that serves the needs of an evolving laboratory community.
Specific areas of the Bistro will be redesigned to encourage collaboration and support a variety of diverse work styles. The goal is to create a stimulating environment that motivates researchers to leave dedicated, fixed office spaces and laboratories and visit an enticing venue where free-thought and engaging social partnerships can develop.
The Bistro will feature dynamic areas or zones for employees to gather, socialize, eat, work and collaborate in one continuous environment. “Stop-and-eat” areas for researchers on the go will feature bar stools near wall-mounted tables. Semi-private modern partitions will be erected to separate dedicated “quiet areas” for silent work and study, while collaboration areas will feature open, inviting space with comfort seating. Familiar, common dining areas will be available for those who simply want to grab lunch or a cup of coffee, alone or with peers.
We are creating a modern physical environment for world-class research and collaboration.
Gail Stine, Facilities Management and Services Director
Meeting space will be created in flexible “meeting areas” to suit a wide-range of gathering needs from parties of two to groups of twelve. “Conference areas” will include formal meeting space equipped with audio/visual resources for computer connectivity, presentations and small-group speaking.
The effort is part of the ArgonneNEXT initiative which seeks to transform Argonne into a vital, 21st century laboratory. Two of the ArgonneNEXT pillars “Modern Facilities” and “Community” focus on re-thinking how the laboratory can support, enrich and develop employees to reach their full potential. This project creates a modern physical environment for world-class research and collaboration, and will help build an engaged community and extensive networking opportunities.
Space matters. Our physical environment influences so much of our lives — our moods, our creativity, our interactions with others, our ability to listen and engage one another. Designing the café for flexibility so that it encourages us to share ideas and build relationships will lead to new connections and innovations.
Matt Howard, Communications, Education and Public Affairs Director
The concept is to create a central location that is convenient, enjoyable and entices employees to connect with one-another in a cooperative environment. The renovations go beyond creating a “Work Cafe” to building a unique location on the Argonne site that gives employees the right kinds of spaces to help them develop creative new ideas
As the Bistro is renovated, employees will see numerous changes evolving over time in different stages. The Bistro will remain open, but the environment will be constantly changing. Employees are asked to remain out of designated work zones and observe all caution and warning signs.