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Spaces Indiana Honors Four Companies at Inaugural Awards Event

Celebrating local companies’ uniqueness, culture and environment in workspace design

INDIANAPOLIS, OCTOBER 3 – The innovative workspace showcase, Spaces Indiana, presented awards to four companies at an inaugural event that celebrated companies for their support of a workspace design that is unique, innovative, reflects the company's brand, engages the employee base and enhances productivity. Three categories were awarded along with a category specifically for companies that design and build spaces, such as interior design, architects and space planners.

"We had no idea what to expect in our first year of the design contest," says Spaces Indiana founder, Matt Waggoner, Senior Vice President, Tenant Representation for JLL. "We were overwhelmed with the responses and the spaces that were submitted that truly share a lens into what companies throughout Indiana are doing on the workplace front.  The event was about the companies and was an opportunity to celebrate and thank all the organizations throughout Indiana that are thoughtful about their workspaces." 

Companies were awarded in the following categories: 

  • Large organizations (100+ employees): Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative
  • Medium organizations (26 – 100 employees): TrendyMinds
  • Small organizations (1 – 25 employees): High Alpha
  • Spacemakers (Companies in the commercial real estate or design industry): Milhaus

Spaces Indiana was created because Waggoner has a difficult time showing clients practical examples of spaces in Indiana that are creative, collaborative, innovation and fresh. The second driver of the initiative was to showcase the spaces of companies that are taking an innovative approach and being thoughtful about their workspace. As companies are increasingly interested in creating a space that reflects the culture and brand of their companies, they need a platform like Spaces Indiana to show off their space.  

"In a world where companies shift their focus from a business strategy to a people strategy, culture and environment are competitive differentiators for many companies," Waggoner comments. "This initiative was envisioned as a place to showcase and celebrate local companies' uniqueness, but also to serve as a hub for potential employers and customers to gain inspiration for creating spaces that do more for their culture and staff." 

The submissions were accepted throughout the spring and judged over this past summer. The first year produced 64 companies representing nearly 6,000 employees. Along with pictures of the spaces, submissions were judged equally on the responses to the following criteria: space functionality, design uniqueness, branding and culture/employee engagement. Waggoner says the contest is more than just a cool space, companies have to be thoughtful and believe in the environment they are creating. 

"Spaces were judged on more than just pictures which is why we established criteria that took into account several important factors of a great workspace," says Waggoner. "The thoughtful responses to the reasons they made the decisions they made when creating the spaces and how those spaces positively impacted their employees' work environment were very important to the award process." 

The judges for the inaugural showcase were: 

  • Bryan Brenner – Founder & CEO of First Person
  • John Wechsler – Founder of Launch Fishers
  • Wes Podell – VP at PK Partners
  • Tim Kopp – Partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners

"Spaces Indiana is a critical ingredient in driving both collaboration and innovation," says Tim Kopp, Partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners. "It was an honor to be involved in the inaugural event and the overwhelming response and turnout highlights the important role this event plays in the entrepreneurial ecosystem."

Spaces Indiana will continue to act as a hub for anyone looking to make a change in their workspace or show off a front-edge workspace.  The 2017 Showcase submissions will be open in the spring.

About Spaces Indiana
Spaces Indiana is a design showcase for innovative office workspaces. The initiative was created by Matt Waggoner, Senior Vice President, Tenant Representation at JLL in 2016 to showcase creative and unique workspaces for companies throughout Indiana and to act as an ongoing resource of concepts for potential companies and employers to gain inspiration for their own spaces. The design showcase encourages employers to consider space functionality, design uniqueness, branding and culture engagement. For more information, visit

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 280 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.1 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit​