Freightwaves’ Officeless Workspace

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The Office Furniture Warehouse team had the privilege to work with Freightwaves as they transitioned into their new downtown Chattanooga headquarters from Fall 2018 – Spring 2019. Read on to find out how we streamlined their implementation of an officeless workspace, or watch the video case study here!

FreightWaves is the industry leading provider of 24/7 news, data and market analysis for the freight and logistics markets. John Bowes is the EVP and GM, and recognized that this growth meant more than a greater headcount. Freightwaves signed a new lease on the 21,500sqft space in 2018 to accommodate their rapid growth to roughly 300 employees. Bowes’ goal was to evangelize trucking and logistics in an employee-friendly, officeless workspace while reinforcing a strong culture of ethics for the diversified talent Freightwaves is bringing to Chattanooga. 


Evangelize Logistics
No Offices
Reinforce Culture of Ethics

On a regular day, the upper level is entirely employee space. An assortment of open plan areas, breakout spaces and phone booths helped meet Bowes’ goal to have an officeless workspace that was still employee-friendly.

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Officeless Workspace

A larger open plan space for sales, creative and other functions houses rows of individual workstations. Each open workspace is outfitted with adjustable height workstations, and the perimeter is flanked with employee amenities. Occupants have access to conference spaces, a kitchen area and phone booths.

One wall features a huge screen used to display industry data and in the production of social content. In addition to Freightwaves’ routine content production, Bowes plans to utilize the former concert hall as event space on occasion.

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Rows of adjustable height workstations
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Shipping container sliding doors on breakout conference rooms
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Conference & Breakout Space

A group of breakout rooms border the large open space on one end, outfitted with conference tables optimized for videoconference and reservable by employees. Past these, another breakout table sits at the entrance to two private conference rooms.

The first conference room features a 12′ conference table with multiple power modules and cable management underneath, integrated for remote meetings and visual presentations. The executive conference room features a custom conference table inlaid with an exceptionally well-branded state of Tennessee.

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Entrance to executive conference rooms with breakout table
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Telecomm. Conference Room
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Executive conference room with custom conference table
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Dynamic Training Room

Freight Alley Tap Room & ‘Haul of Fame”

Finally, our favorite feature is how hard Freightwaves worked to communicate a passion for keeping commerce in motion. Their workspace goes beyond “well-branded” to an interactive experience with what it means to be in the mix with logistics.

Bowes succeeded in a thorough effort to maintain connections with the building’s history. Subtle features pay homage to the Chevy history. In the reception space, the trucking “Haul of Fame” and big rig simulator are poised to immediately engross visitors. Throughout the rest of the space, logistics-themed artwork makes Freightwaves’ mission abundantly clear.

Originally owned by Chevy, more recent memory will recall the World of Beer downstairs and a gospel concert hall upstairs.


The Office Furniture Warehouse team delivered on every front during our transition. Carl was an exceptional resource from planning to execution, and delivered a cost-effective solution that met our needs for going forward. The installation team was on time, every time and rendered the utmost professional service. Office Furniture Warehouse was an invaluable partner in making this transition manageable, our experience was value-driven and my recommendation couldn’t be higher for organizations looking to make changes to their work environments.

John Bowes, EVP and GM of Freightwaves

Thanks for Reading!

We’d like to extend our most gracious thanks to Freightwaves for the opportunity to make their workspace work as hard as they do. In this instance, that meant expedient procurement and installation on a phased project schedule. For you, it could mean something entirely different. The Office Furniture Warehouse team is here to help you respond to growth, change and relocation – whatever that entails.

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