United Way Worldwide Headquarters

Alexandria, VA

OTJ developed a workplace strategy and accompanying design solution for a renovation in place that advances United Way’s culture and mission, while maximizing its real estate investment. After review of space utilization, our designers proposed a standardized workstation and office size coupled with the transition to a primarily open work environment. Taken together, these solutions decreased the square footage apportioned per employee from 333 to 267 SF. This 20% footprint reduction allowed for the consolidation of staff on 3 floors in lieu of 5. The reallocation of space also served to further the organization’s mandate for social innovation: the newly vacated 2nd floor is now leased to health & human services sector nonprofits as a low cost incubator. In addition, our designers seized on this renovation as an opportunity to enhance collaboration through the creation of casual collision points, tech-enabled team rooms, and communal gathering spaces located between highly populated floors.
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