TPG developed a transformative new workplace for WebMD’s relocation to 395 Hudson Street in Manhattan. WebMD competes with other big tech companies for talent, so the space needed to be rich in amenities, as well as open and flexible to encourage collaboration and mentorship. It was also important that the office promote wellness in an overt fashion, because of the business’s focus on health.
Our workplace strategy engagements revealed that the Garden in their former space was beloved by WebMD’s staff, and it became the catalyst for the eventual design. A variety of meeting and seating spaces are arranged throughout the new Garden, which includes a barista-staffed coffee bar and refreshment counter. Two staircases unite the third and fourth floors in front of a striking feature wall that stretches the full height of both floors. The wall is clad in split-face limestone, providing texture and focus at a grand scale. A state-of-the-art digital display, providing flexibility for myriad uses, delivers a “wow” moment particularly when viewed from the platform. Access to the Garden was a key factor in designing a space that actively promotes wellness in the firm: planning adjacencies were specifically designed vertically to encourage people to walk up and down the stairs several times a day. Uniting over 650 employees on two floors, the Garden is the heart of WebMD’s new home.
The plan also includes several refreshment areas throughout, each with different offerings, to further encourage employees to get on their feet and venture out of their neighborhoods. Daily classes are offered in the dedicated fitness center, which was designed complete with locker rooms and showers.