CNA is a not-for-profit organization that uses empirical research and analysis to help decision-makers develop sound policies and make more informed decisions. In 2009, CNA engaged OPX to conduct anIntegrated Operating Environment assessment for a 167,000 SF headquarters relocation. The assessment entailed understanding the strategic objectives and guiding principles of the organization; providing an analysis of their existing operating environment; targeting the areas of improvement by using OPX’s unique IOE/gap-assessment tools; presenting different scenarios that align a new operating environment with CNA’s strategic objectives; and creating concepts based on the approved scenario.
One challenge was providing the quiet, private spaces required for individual research and analysis in conjunction with the need for increased interaction and collaboration. Recent discussion has covered the necessity of these types of spaces, but has also focused on supporting heads-down work more effectively than open systems. OPX’s solution was a small, 75-SF ‘cockpit’ office, complete with custom furniture designed specifically for the needs of the analyst. To encourage interaction, the offices have large glass walls which give the occupant a broader sense of space and increased visibility.
To further induce interaction and collaboration, a five-story internal stair connects all floors. OPX strategically located the public functions (large café; conference center; individual floor galleys, open seating areas, small huddle rooms; and the lounge/library) next to the stair, creating a ‘beehive’ of vertical activity through the space and drawing people into these public venues where positive interaction occurs.
167000 SF | 2 Floors
3001 N. Washington Blvd Arlington, VA
Corporate / Headquarters