• Alexandria, VA


  • Workplace


  • Interior Design


  • John Jessen, Managing Principal
John Jessen

Catholic Charities USA

Relocating to two floors of a new building in Alexandria, Virginia, the new headquarters for Catholic Charities represents a change in corporate culture from closed, private offices of their previous space toward a more densely developed workplace. One of the challenges the design team faced was creating a space that Catholic Charities and its members would be proud of that would not be considered ostentatious. In working within a modest budget, the design team underwent a careful material selection process, choosing only resources that were durable, sustainable, and timeless while remaining affordable. To align with the non-profit organization's philosophy of working together toward a common goal, collaboration became a key element of the design concept. An open, light-filled environment was designed to increase staff visibility and promote collaboration. By trading the privacy of a closed office for open workstations, the staff gains space for more amenities, meeting and teaming areas, and specialty spaces.

The new, open environment employs the most current alternative workspace strategies in the marketplace. Features include low panel workstations for increased visibility and collective awareness, glass-fronted offices and meeting rooms, open teaming areas, staff lounges, and amenities. The space accurately portrays a proud, caring organization that donates its time and resources to help and advocate for those who are less fortunate.

- John Jessen

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