Case Study Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a world leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. Through fundraising to support research and drug development, they seek to provide all people with cystic fibrosis (CF) the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives. The Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation services three states and is located in the historic Butler Square building in Minneapolis.

Here’s how Haworth helped transform the Chapter’s workplace from drab to dynamic.


Minneapolis, MN, USA

Project Specs

Industry: Nonprofit Organization
Area: 4,000 sq. ft.
Stories: 1
Event Hosting: Up to 50 guests

Design Firm

Studio BV Design Forward

Dealer Partner

Fluid Interiors

Workspaces for Well-Being

Privacy, focus, and productivity are achieved with a combination of individual workstations, huddle spaces, break areas, and conference rooms. Sit-to-stand desks and ergonomic seating allow workers to control their workspace—making adjustments that fit their needs. Adjustable dual monitor arms prevent people from working with bent necks and allows for greater screen visibility, while LED lighting helps reduce eyestrain. The height of well-placed cubicle walls optimizes both focus work and communication with fellow workers. 

Flexible Collaboration Spaces

The largest conference room features a large video screen that connects the team with remote workers. Seating that provides soft, flexible comfort helps employees and volunteers remain attentive and focused. Sliding panels create individual workspaces for visiting case workers from the national CF Foundation. When the panels are fully expanded, they create full privacy that keeps conversations subject to HIPAA laws confidential. 

Gathering Places for Connection

CF Foundation leaders, staff, and volunteers have multiple gathering spaces where they can connect, refresh, and relax. High-top and café-style seating draw people in and are both comfortable and easy to clean. Bold blue and yellow hues energize the kitchen and café spaces.  

Design That Encourages Movement

Informal seating areas provide nooks to focus, take a break, or collaborate. The adaptable spaces also give volunteers an area to work at the foundation. Comfortable poufs and chairs provide pops of color and encourage employees to work in different areas throughout the day. 

“The difference is night and day. Before there was nothing that elevated the space, nothing that inspired people. Now, the office is filled with light and color as well as furnishings that support well-being and productivity.”

Joe Schwei

Executive Director, Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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