In planning this 338,000 square foot, two-building project, flexibility was key. After all, the Air National Guard must be able to adjust workstyles and workspaces as the world and their mission changes. This often requires individuals and teams to shift to where they’re most needed, making an adaptable, responsive work environment and easy-to-configure furniture critical.
ANG’s vision of “communicate, coordinate, collaborate” was also vital to the new design. While open spaces and lower panel heights are relatively common in corporate America, these concepts are still fairly new to the military, where furniture is typically heavy, walls are solid from floor to ceiling, and doors tend to be closed. With 85 percent of the space now devoted to open workstations, conference rooms surrounded by glass, and key personnel centrally located, the offices naturally encourage communication. As ANG’s Ben Lawless describes it, the new space is “less about ‘me’ and more about ‘we’.”
“We went from a cramped maze of a space to one that is logically laid out and promotes people talking to each other,” adds Lawless. “Everyone’s ecstatic about it. All the furniture, lighting, and tools play toward people feeling better about their work and what they do.” In phase two, the ability of the workplace to adapt was tested before workers even began to move in.