The client, a large brokerage in St. Louis, Missouri, had very specific requirements for how people on the floor had to interact, based on a well-established and time-honored trading process: order clerks had to face traders and traders, in turn, had to face sales people. In addition, a strong desire was expressed for trading “in-the-round”.

Thus, the layout features thee similar pods, one each for municipal bonds, corporate bonds and OTC. Within each pod, traders sit in the innermost of three tiers, facing order clerks, in the middle tier, as well as sales people in the outer, highest, tier. The client expected moderate growth, therefore, only limited expansion is provided for by a fourth tier.