It's taken a little adjusting, a half-day's worth of orientation, and, according to at least one person, some time exhausting the five stages of the grieving process.
But when the new 420,000-square-foot Transportation building in downtown Frankfort is completed, the cabinet's employees should be ready for the move, said Spencer Sullivan, assistant director of the Division of Property and Supply.
"The new building is a major cultural change for people in the cabinet," Sullivan said Thursday in an interview on the 10th floor of the current Transportation building. "Everyone in this building and the annex behind us is a bad example of an open office model."
The new Transportation building will use a more modern "open office" concept, complete with new furniture, cubicles, moveable walls, break rooms and lots of open space. Spokeswoman for the Transportation Cabinet Selena Curry said the new digs will have more storage, filing and desktop space and will utilize one-fourth of the square footage of the current building and annex.
Curry, who will be giving up her private office when she moves into the new building, said most employees' work stations will be upgraded.