Leading automaker General Motors decided to relocate their Finance and Treasury Group from New York City to their world headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit. Facing an increasingly competitive market for top talent, GM recognized an immediate need to modernize the designated space on the 26th and 27th floors of Tower 300 to appeal to the younger, more entrepreneurial generation of employees that will carry their organization forward.
We worked closely with GM to understand their vision of a fresh workspace that fosters connectivity and collaboration, qualities that have become much more important for today’s young job seekers. Together, we developed a design solution that helps to position GM as a destination employer and Detroit as a destination city for the nation’s best and brightest.
Our task was to design a bright, open environment that promotes teamwork and camaraderie in a large space that comprises two stories of a skyscraper and a total of 30,000 square feet. The modernized office features workstations arranged systematically in an open floorplan along with plentiful conferencing space, private offices and a break room with kitchenette. Our design seeks to create synergy and transparency between the two floors. Design features include an interconnecting open riser staircase, along with low system furniture partitions along the exterior and glass-enclosed rooms at the building core.
Our scope included comprehensive architecture and engineering services for the renovation of the space, as well as furniture and material specifications and signage design.
Working in close collaboration with GM in all aspects of the project, from programming and planning to furniture selection, we delivered a modern workspace where their team members can collaborate and flourish.