As head of the Architecture Department at Bed Bath and Beyond for over (3) three years and as a consultant to BB&B for (2) years previous, Mr. Berman’s first (and continuing task) when moving in-house was to layout, space plan and interior design the new corporate headquarters in Union, New Jersey. The original corporate headquarters squeezed 30-40 people in a cramped store mezzanine.
The new headquarters would be in a large warehouse structure and would bring together all departments, some that were currently housed in several other physical locations. The plan was to immediately accommodate 500 employees, executive offices, various other departments, reception and a common cafeteria/gathering space. The plan eventually expanded to house several thousand employees.
Mr. Berman also remodeled and expanded Bed Bath & Beyond’s existing Buying Offices in Farmingdale, Long Island. The existing office building, partially used by Bed Bad & Beyond housed only several hundred employees. Bed Bath & Beyond decided to expand their operations across the entire footprint of the existing building. The expansion included space for numerous conference rooms, display areas and was also laid out to hold several thousand additional employees.