Orlando / Orange County’s Convention & Visitors Bureau seized the opportunity to expand its five year old corporate headquarters when its adjacent tenant neighbor relocated. Having risen to the top of the charts as one of the nation’s and world’s best visitors’ bureaus, and to meet the imminent needs of the expanding Convention Center, the Owner faced a multitude of planning challenges, including because of its connection to the public sector, budget discretion as priority number one! The facility in its original configuration was a 50/50 ratio of private and systems offices. An ambitious program expansion requirement of 150% increase to staffing required MFA to scrutinize all areas that represented the slightest of inefficiencies. Unnecessary corridors were eliminated, office standards downsized, or “systemsized” and adjacencies changed to maximize uses of the department “common areas”. To take full opportunity of the retrofit, the Owner also elected to add to the scope and revitalize the “public’ areas areas such as the Boardroom and Lobby. The team composed of Owner, Designer, A/E, GC and furniture vendor all had teamed together previously, an aspect so essential in avoiding relationship learning curves. The mastering of human dynamics are above all of the team talents employed on this fast track remodel – amongst others being – creativity, knowledge of resources, program sensitivity and exact communication. Estimated values for construction were $175,000 and for FF&E of $280,000.