New offices, new outlook

By PAUL LEIGHTTY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Employees of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are looking forward to working in a more open and less stifling environment.

People are adjusting well to the "open office" setup of the Cabinet's new building, said Ray Polly, assistant state highway engineer.

"Overall everybody's got a positive attitude," Polly said. "It just takes a little bit of mental adjustment."

More than 1,400 employees began moving into the seven-story building at Mero and High streets last week, and some are finding they need a new frame of mind.

The move, originally planned for August, then postponed because of computer wiring problems, is set to continue until mid to late February.

The new offices, featuring "systems" furniture such as movable walls, cubicles, sliding doors and panels, contrast with the old building's style.

The private offices, few break rooms and asbestos-ridden walls of the 12-story State Office Building didn't help morale, said Spencer Sullivan, assistant director of the Cabinet's Division of Property Supply.

"It's pretty drab on the inside, a pretty depressing building to work in," he said of the former headquarters.

The new design is intended to provide more openness and interaction between individuals and departments, Sullivan said. The state plans to renovate the old building.

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