47,000 GSF, 4360 M2
Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming
LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) (LEED-CI)-Silver
Honor Award -- Interiors, Best Use of Architectural Materials, Corporate Over 10,000 sf, Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)
Wishing to get back to its roots, United Way for Southeastern Michigan seized a relocation opportunity as occasion to strengthen its commitment to bettering downtown Detroit. SmithGroupJJR responded to United Way's vision with a plan to move the headquarters into the historic First National Building, adapting the 1930s environment into a fresh workplace for its employees.
With evolving work styles and increased activity outside of the office, UWSEM was ready for a program that de-emphasized the use of permanently assigned workstations. The planning approach incorporates a “free-address” concept, reducing the number of assigned workstations and allowing staffers to choose where to work. Traditional workspaces were reduced in size by as much as 30-percent while an array of interactive work environments facilitate collaboration, informal meetings and team-based work activities. Not only did these approaches impact the non-profit’s workplace culture, these strategies consolidated their space by more than half—adding to operational savings of $300,000 a year.
Now complete, the headquarters—containing zero enclosed offices—establishes a new model for corporate headquarters, one that the client greatly praises.