General Dynamics Land Systems recognized its workforce culture is different now than it has been for the last 50 years. A different mix of work environments needed to reflect those changes. Newer employees needed more small group spaces, casual lounges, distributed food, and many more technology-enabled conferencing spaces. Also, to keep up with a growing competitive market for staff, General Dynamics Land Systems identified a need to add these types of office enhancements to aid in effectively recruiting and retaining the best talent. This project affected over 300,000 sf and 1,500 workers.
To create an atmosphere considerate of a mixture of generations a phased implementation plan intended to slowly support a cultural shift was initiated. A handful of building core improvements became the catalyst for visible change. The addition of break zones embedded with a variety of collaboration spaces satisfied the immediate needs. Offices with glass walls and sliding doors signaled a new transparent model suggestive of behavioral changes. Other building-wide improvements planned to add to the new core spaces with a new café, convenience store, large gathering spaces, and dining areas. These improvements would then be followed with a blend of standardized workstations throughout the entire facility.