Innovative Spaces: Vari Opens New Global Headquarters in Coppell

Vari's new global HQ was designed by Dallas-based BOKA Powell. The company's goal: "continue to probe the future of how we work." With open stairwells inside and walking trails outside, getting up and about is encouraged. So is staying healthy: The new HQ is the third building in DFW to receive Fitwel certification for healthy workplaces, the company says.

"Most executives are still trying to figure out the future of work, the workforce, and workspaces—that’s where we come in," said Vari co-founder and CEO Jason McCann.

Vari, the Coppell-based office furniture company, has opened its new global headquarters, VariSpace Coppell, a 180,000-square-foot facility that it built from the ground up in only one year.

The new building is a certified healthy and green work environment. It’s the third building in DFW to receive Fitwel certification, which developers and workplace strategists have embraced as part of the growing trend to promote healthy workplaces.

A home for 90% of Vari’s workforce

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Vari will occupy 80,000 square feet of the building. More than 90% of its workforce of 300 employees will office out of the new headquarters, the company said. The remaining 100,000 square feet are being marketed by Johnny Johnson and Chris Taylor of Cushman & Wakefield.

“We love the location in the heart of DFW with access to amazing schools and a vibrant community,” Vari co-founder and CEO Jason McCann said in a statement. “We look forward to sharing VariSpace Coppell with other fast-growing companies who are seeking an innovative, fully furnished space.”

Balconies, open staircases, and Vari products (of course)

The new, three-story HQ is located at 450 Freeport Pkwy in Coppell, northeast of Dallas. Sitting on a 10-acre property, its amenities include large exterior balconies, an open lobby concept, open staircases, touch-free building apps, a fitness facility, garage parking, grab-and-go food services, and Vari workspace products.

The company said that VariSpace Coppell opens at a time when Dallas leads the nation in the return to office, ranking in the top three cities with the highest percentage of workers back in-office.

Space-as-a-service model

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The building’s space-as-a-service model allows companies to tailor workspaces to their specific needs, Vari said in its statement.

Vari said that for developers, the Fitwel standard is a blueprint for making positive changes that are scientifically proven to enhance occupant health and well-being.

The company said that VariSpace Coppell has achieved Fitwel certification based on wellness criteria such as:

  • Policies encouraging the use of stairwells over elevators
  • Access to nature and green spaces
  • Provision of standing desks, collaboration spaces, and a healthy marketplace
  • Indoor and outdoor amenities such as a fitness center and walking trails

Vari said the new facility follows the success of VariSpace Las Colinas and VariSpace Southlake, and that all VariSpace locations offer first-class amenities and flexible space solutions in Class A buildings.

Designed by BOKA Powell

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BOKA Powell designed the building. Corgan designed interiors, and Adolfson & Peterson (AP) constructed the building.

“The pandemic rapidly changed the rules for innovation and flexibility when it came to workplace structure and interaction,” said Bob Lemke, vice president of operations at AP. “This is a timely project as the adaptability of the workplace becomes front and center for many operations.”

Chris Barnes, partner at BOKA Powell, said the building reflects the business spirit of Vari.

“As the building design architect, we tried to capture the ‘disruptor’ spirit of Vari,” Barnes said. “In delivering a headquarters building, we wanted the identity of Vari’s brand and their culture to be evident. The new building expresses a collaborative and open workplace environment that is equally efficient and evocative.”

Corgan Vice President Marti DuBuisson said in a statement that the building encourages collaboration and connection between workers.

Probing ‘the future of how we work’

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“VariSpace Coppell continues to probe the future of how we work and look for a better way to deliver office space with best-in-class amenities and flexible lease terms,” DuBuisson said. “Vari will test their vision firsthand as the anchor tenant of VariSpace Coppell—welcoming employees and visitors into a light-filled space that is optimized for collaboration and connection.”

It all began with a sit-stand desk

Vari’s story began 10 years ago when its co-founder created the VariDesk sit-stand desktop converter that became popular with workers around the world. Since then, Vari has evolved from one iconic product to offer more than 300 office solutions.

Today, Vari helps more than 1,000 organizations every year by installing everything they need for their workspace.

“Most executives are still trying to figure out the future of work, the workforce and workspaces—that’s where we come in,” said McCann. “We have worked with thousands of executives to identify what employees need, whether they are working in-office, hybrid, or remote. As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we’re excited for the future.”

Vari has offices and design centers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, and Tampa.

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