Friday, July 17, 2020

Archello: General Motors IT Innovation Center

The Ghafari-designed IT Innovation Center for General Motors – located in the Atlanta area – was recently profiled on Archello. GM operates a number of Information Technology Innovation Centers around the country where their burgeoning group of IT talent can collaborate to advance the automaker's overall business strategy and strengthen their position at the technological forefront.

GM's Atlanta-area IT Innovation Center is housed in a former U.S. Postal Service office complex with an attached 81,000 SF distribution center that they initially left vacant. Our team was tasked with designing the transformation and expansion of this nondescript warehouse into a modern office environment that could accommodate upwards of 500 additional team members while consolidating several remote offices.

Collaborating closely with client stakeholders while drawing on our understanding of current GM design standards, we developed a design that delivers an open workspace infused with natural light and adds a second-floor mezzanine to provide adequate space for their growing population of IT professionals. Our design breaks up the vast warehouse environment into three neighborhood zones (each accommodating conferencing, collaboration, and support spaces) with a central town commons, mini dealership, and a shipping / receiving area that supports the entire IT Innovation Center. We also repurposed the loading dock bay doors into glass openings for the new town commons.

Check out the full Archello post here.