Having completed the installation for the O’Neill Associates space in 2018, I recently posed the questions below to Garth O’Neill to recount how he felt about the outcome of his space now that his team has been working out of it for a while. His comments are below:
OMI: Why did you select your current location to be the new home of O’Neill Associates?
GO: It’s a beautiful, unique historic building, with waterfront views and in the fast-rising north T Bay business district. Vibe of the area is great. Space had expansion possibilities
OMI: What were your company goals for the design of your office interior?
GO: We wanted our new office to be modern and comfortable and expandable, to “impress” clients and to set the bar high for new and emerging firms, so we could attract and retain best staff and lawyers (which we have done), and be “top of mind” for anyone looking for Labour and Employment lawyers, and for those looking to be part of a new dynamic firm.
OMI: What did you like about the process of working with OMI’s team?
GO: Easy to talk to OMI folks; they had lots of ideas and plenty of experience, so were able to give me guidance on steps and things to consider that I had never thought of. Their experience with projects in our building was invaluable; they are responsive to email and phone calls and seem to “get us” and what we are trying to do.
OMI: How would you describe the quality and aesthetic of the furniture, carpet and wall products that were incorporated into your space?
GO: The furniture and wall products are “top notch”. Clients and other visitors to office constantly compliment us on the look and feel of the office. Many clients come early to appointments just to have a bit of time to relax in the comfort of our client lounge with views of Sleeping Giant. OMI had great suggestions – e.g.. standing desks for everyone.
OMI: How has your new space effected your business overall?
GO: The effect on our business has been tremendous. As a new business (and a new concept within the legal community), the early impressions we set with our clients and the community were the key to early success. From our Grand Opening onward, people could see that we “mean business”, and are unsurpassed in Thunder Bay.
OMI: Would you recommend Open Mind Interiors to others?
GO: I would definitely recommend OMI to others. Two and a half years in, we are already working on an expansion and did not hesitate to go back to OMI to work with us on it.