In consolidating three locations into a new tower in Houston’s Uptown district, Spanish banking giant BBVA Compass challenged Gensler to design an innovative workspace that would encourage employee interaction. Embodying BBVA’s core values of simplicity and transparency, the resulting office space is completely open-plan, with large areas on each floor offering various types of seating. The space is bright and airy; a primarily white palette is accented by yellow and blue. Advanced technology and a raised-floor system allow employees to work just about anywhere. The design enabled the bank to reduce its footprint by 30 percent, while advancing trends in global banking standards.