GSK at the Navy Yard featured in WorkDesign Magazine
In February 2013, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) consolidated 800,000 square feet into 208,000 while
implementing its SMART Working Initiative program, which:
1. Eliminated hierarchical barriers by removing individual offices and cubicles. All 1,300 employees now share workstations, meeting spaces, quiet rooms, and social areas on open floor plates.
2. Engaged employees in a change management strategy that anticipated and respected their emotions. By creating research prototypes and a pilot program, employees more comfortably transitioned from older office buildings to the new work environment.
3. Created “energy for performance” spaces including a fitness center, rooftop garden, ergonomic benching, and a cafeteria full of fresh and healthy meal options. The staff has access to natural light; a full spectrum of color—pulled from GSK’s branding palette— invigorates the space. With these amenities, GSK increased the number of employees working on site.
4. Fostered serendipitous collisions in an open-space floor plan designed to speed up decision-making, reduce email and formal meetings, and enhance collaboration and trust.
5. Decreased square footage with the optimized and increased utilization of meeting and work spaces.
6. Decreased water, energy, and paper usage with energy-saving fixtures including a heat recovery system, efficient lighting, whole-building metering, and a building management system, all as part of their commitment to a sustainable future.
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