The four main goals for BAE Systems’ new facility were to relocate to a more efficient space, set standards for space layouts and furniture, address quality-of-work/life improvements, and attract and retain employees.
BAE Systems retained DBI to provide a complete design package from programming through contract administration for six floors located in Redland Corporate Center. BAE Systems is primarily an open office environment with private offices for management. The space also includes standard office support space, secure labs, large break rooms for staff meetings and gatherings, and substantial conferencing facilities.
This project highlights DBI’s ability to employ BIM (Building Information Modeling) throughout the entire design process. Developing a BIM Model in the early programming stages and throughout the Design Development phase has created the opportunity for BAE Systems to be fully engaged in exploring the design possibilities of their space. Also noteworthy, is that BAE Systems Facilities Management division has been intimately involved throughout all stages of the project, which allowed the group to fully understand the features and benefits of managing and maintaining their space as the model evolves and collects information of all system components.
This project received LEED® Silver certification. Sustainable elements incorporated include recycled rubber tile floors and wall base, carpet tiles, FSC-certified veneers, recycled fabrics, 0 VOC paint, recycled acoustic ceiling tiles, LED lighting, and modular cabinets. In addition, all spaces have access to daylight. The furniture is LEED approved and 0 VOC, used 95% energy star equipment and the project is LEED ID+C 3.0 (2009). We also diverted 90% of demolition/construction from the landfill.
DBI has also worked with BAE on several of the company’s office spaces throughout the United States, including those in Quantico, VA; Dulles, VA; Arlington, VA; and Herndon, VA.