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July 27, 2013
Member News

Workplace of the Future by Francis Cauffman Wins Award for Interior Design

By Beth Connolly

The PA/NJ/DE Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) presented architecture firm Francis Cauffman with its Exemplary Element Award of 2013 for the new North American facility of global pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The project is located at 5 Crescent Drive at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA. This is the third consecutive year that IIDA has recognized Francis Cauffman’s work.
“Our new work space is designed to inspire and connect people,” said Deirdre Connelly, President, North America Pharmaceuticals, GSK. “My teammates and I are energized by this new environment, where we can do our best work and collaborate without the constraints of office walls.”
“Francis Cauffman is committed to sustainable, forward-thinking workplace design,” said John Campbell, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, RIBA, Principal at Francis Cauffman. “Our work for GSK is a visual representation of that company’s mission, ‘good working and healthy living.’ With this design, we hoped to transform the way that GSK does business and to raise the level of energy, engagement and connectivity across the organization.”
Francis Cauffman’s platinum LEED-certified interior design creates a workplace that is 100% mobile—no one, not even the president of North America Pharmaceuticals, has an assigned seat. 70% of the office’s desks are height adjustable; the customized benching system can accommodate sitting or standing. In fact, workplace furniture was designed in collaboration with furniture manufacturer Haworth through an innovative employee-feedback program that was awarded a LEED Innovation credit under a new pilot credit for ergonomics by the United States Green Building Council. 

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