“People working inside a dark enclosed space feel confined. However, the natural daylight makes them more inclined to be in better moods, produce more work and just be happier.” — Sherri Harris, Staff Zone’s CEO.
Natural Light Inspires Worker Productivity for Staff Zone HQ.
Staff Zone has been an innovator in the building construction industry since 2002, specializing in providing general and skilled labor to national and regional contractors. When it came time to redesign their own office headquarters, Staff Zone’s leadership continued their spirit of innovation by incorporating modern best practices including, among others, the use of natural interior daylight as a primary light source.
“People working inside a dark enclosed space feel confined. Natural daylight makes them more inclined to be in better moods, produce more work and just be happier,” explains Sherri Harris, Staff Zone’s CEO.
For their new headquarters, Staff Zone bought a historic, square-shaped building just outside of Atlanta in Roswell, GA. After gutting the building, Harris found that the further she explored the building interior, the darker it felt. Sam Harris, Staff Zone’s COO, was an early proponent of using window light throughout the facility, even for the interior offices—a difficult goal to accomplish given the building’s large square floor space. After several brainstorming sessions, architect Joshua Roland suggested a skylight system covering the entire rooftop to bring in natural light where windows could not.
“We decided on a large rooftop skylight because we know that natural lighting inspires a better work ethic,” said Sherri Harris.
Not being able to harvest enough daylight from the windows, the architect suggested a skylight system covering the entire roof.