HON break room chairs and tables calypso blue

Complete Interior Office Design and Buildout for an Accounting Department

A luxury new car dealer wanted to buildout an entire new space for their accounting department in a building they had acquired located next to the dealership. Ten years prior the owner did a build out with PVI on their main facility. Knowing this I quickly pulled up their records and learned they had used HON office furniture in the past, so I knew just who to call, Jessie Oliver from the HON Company.  Also, on board to lend a hand was Peter Collins who came out of retirement from Mercedes for the project.

I quickly made an appointment to see the see the building, since all we had was a CAD.file (see image below) to review at this time.


drafting view of an office for buildout

Arriving at the location, I brought every laminate sample, fabric sample, and note pad/drawing pad available to understand best what would please the client most.

As I looked around this facility it was completely bare bones, with no interior walls or painting or floors.  It was a blank canvas. We immediately got to work to on measurements of the facility. I left quite a few laminate samples for the owner to see which color he wanted to choose in the offices as well as the work surfaces in the cubicles.  I also gave him some literature with ideas of how his cubicles would look using HON’s ACCELERATE cubicles so he could envision something until I was able to get his 2D/3D floor plan begun.

Within the next 24 hours I was able to produce a DWG.file to start on my 2D/3D floor plan renderings to get this project moving. For color, the dealership decided to go with Sterling Ash.

HON Laminate Sample

With the color chosen, we were able to provide a 3D rendering in color.

HON cubicle office furniture with hutch

Knowing the offices on this accounting side needed to be powerful and with a statement I designed this layout for Peter.

Question: What kind of office furniture is needed for an accounting office?
Answer:    A car dealership accounting department would need cubicles for common areas and private offices, a credenza, a hutch, filing solutions, executive desk chairs, task seating and guest chairs in addition to break room tables and chairs.

The cubicles: bold but beautiful private workspaces.

HON Cubicle

HON cubicle

And then to spice up the break room, a pop of color.

HON calypso blue chairs with white tables

The warehouse manager and project lead went back to visit the accounting building after some adjustments had been made to their floor plan by the builders in order to re-take measurements to make sure the layout we were choosing for these cubicles and offices would fit perfectly. You can’t ever be too precise when it comes to office furniture.

interior office construction

interior office construction

Next, we went back to the design specialist from HON to finalize the floor plan.  After choosing the floor color and wall paint color this became the final selection.

autocad drawing of an office furniture buildout

HON Cube Rendering

autocad drawing of an office furniture buildout

Timing is important. Clients would not appreciate leaving their buildout space empty over furniture installation. PVI received the HON order three weeks ahead of the planned move in/ready date.

With a fleet of trucks and trained, experienced installers, it was finally moving day!

Q: How long should office furniture installation take?
A: This office furniture installation project took 8 hours to install with one dining/break area, 2 private offices, and one cubicle area with 6 workstations, plus some common areas.


What about cost?

Q: How much would an an office furniture installation like this for 7 people, using new HON desks, chairs and other pieces cost?

A: This office pictured cost approximately $55,500 including delivery and installation. Answered on a per staff basis, this office for 8 cost less than $6500 per employee.

It included:
Break room: 8 break room chairs in Calypso Blue, 2 break room tables with (loft) top and xbase (silver).

HON break room chairs and tables calypso blue

2 Private offices: HON L-Desks w/ peninsula, wall mounted frosted hutch, tack board, LED light, 2 drawer lateral files, HON COFI executive black leather chairs and 2 FLOCK casual guest seats.

HON desk in sterling ash, frosted hutch, executive and guest chairs

HON credenza sterling ash

private office with HON desk in sterling ash

Cubicles: 6 HON ACCELERATE Cubicles: 65″h panels w/ top tier glass, BBF & FF per station, single closed overhead return w/HON NUCLEUS recharged task chair, plus one shortened cubicle (to accommodate a window), all laminate in Sterling Ash, all chairs in fabric Onyx with black frames, all panels fabric-etch, all outline – metal in Fossil.

HON cubicle with task chair

HON cubicle sterling ash

Also, one HON sterling ash cabinet.
HON cabinet sterling ash

From the initial floor plan to final installation, we are with you every step of the way!

Nicole Fowler, Furniture Consultant, PVI Office Furniture 


The HON Company, Headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, it has manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States and China. HON office furniture lines focus on the needs of small and medium-sized businesses, universities, large corporations and government offices. Its core product offering includes workstations, desks, chairs, tables and storage.