To identify the qualities of the workplace that supported the firm’s culture, workplace anthropologists observed RTKL’s working habits while the design team engaged employees in on-line surveys, focus group sessions, and numerous town hall meetings.
The findings ultimately helped inform the design of the new space. An open work plan, touchdown spaces, extensive WiFi, state-of-the-art conferencing space and in-board offices, all foster an environment that is more about teaming and partnerships than a traditional corporate hierarchy.
Ninety percent of the office has access to natural light while other areas use borrowed light. Energy efficient light fixtures, occupancy sensors, regionally manufactured materials, materials with high-recycled content and low VOC, reused furnishings, low-flow water fixtures, and improved indoor air quality demonstrate good environmental stewardship at every turn.
Conference facilities with video-teleconferencing capabilities facilitate inter-office collaboration while AV-enhanced design labs on each floor allow for more interactive charettes.
Amenities such as an outdoor terrace, game area and in-building fitness center further contribute to a healthy work-life balance.
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Architect: RTKL Associates
VP-in-Charge: Kim Heartwell
Client: Vornado Charles E. Smith
Completion Date: January 1, 2009
Photographer: Anne Chan, Paul Warchol