My New Cube at Intel’s Hawthorn Farm Campus

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Today was the open house for those of us who will be moving into a remodeled floor at Intel’s Hawthorn Farm campus. I went, found my new cube, and took some pictures.1And enjoyed some live blues and some food. :-)

It doesn’t look much like the Intel Conan O’Brien visited a while back.2“Can you say lifeless environment?” No gray walls, no gray cubicles, no blue-gray carpeting.

It’s part of Intel’s continuing effort to have attractive, functional workspaces. The walls are a little higher than Intel’s first attempts at this, and there are more small, unreservable conference rooms.3These are awesome. If you can find an empty conference room you don’t need to worry that you’ll get bumped by someone with a reservation. It will look and sound a lot different next week when it’s filled with people, computers, and activity.

I think I’ll like it.4At least, I hope I’ll like it. Change can be fun. I’ll have to add a picture once I get moved in.

By Brent Logan

Engineer. Lawyer. WordPress geek. Longboarder. Blood donor. Photographer. More about Brent.


  1. Times have changed! If my memory serves me, you are an attorney AND an engineer and they give you a cubby? When I worked as the SECRETARY to the Dean of Sch of Nursing at LLU I had a large private office, with a free-standing desk in the middle of it. There were several arm chairs for my visitors, several up-right, full sized file cabinets, a large window overlooking a rose garden in addition to lovely pictures on the walls and other accessories. Is space so precious that you have no privacy at all? I notice when you travel for the company overseas, they give you nice digs. Is austere’ the new U.S. chic?

  2. Everyone at Intel gets a cube — even the lawyers doing law. Welcome to working in high-tech. :-)

    Update. Strike that; it’s not true. Some people don’t even get cubes. People who work from home and or travel a substantial amount use mobile workstations, essentially a carrel. There’s a picture of them in the gallery.

  3. I am amazed. I thought there was such a thing as attorney-client privilege. Do you not have clients? Maybe you need a form of HIPPA (pertains to Health information in the medical field). You are not supposed to even talk to a family member about a patient unless you have written permission. When Eldon was still in practice, we made sure that the front desk was private enough that patients in the waiting room couldn’t hear the phone calls or the reception’s conversations with other patients. Maybe I am confused because your primary focus is engineering, with some incidental attorney application thrown in?

  4. Attorney-client privilege still exists. Remember, the lawyers are employees on site in their own “preserve.” Attorney-client communication takes place via e-mail or in closed conference rooms and not in cubicles.

  5. Hi Brent. I’m seeking technology that will allow me to see which non reservable rooms are available without walking the floors. Has company implemented a solution I could check out?

  6. Brett, unfortunately, Intel hasn’t implemented such a system. The rooms’ front walls are glass, which in theory means light shining on the carpeting in front of a room means the room is occupied. In practice, many occupiers (at least of the phone booths) like to work in the dark. I haven’t found a good solution short of walking the floor.

    The Portland International Airport has implemented a smart parking space availability solution in its short term and long term parking structures. Proximity sensors with red and green lights over each space highlight where parking spaces are available. Electronic signs at the end of each aisle and the entry to each floor inform how many spots are available. Good stuff.

What do you think?