Driving new ways of working

Teach for America,
Washington DC

Consolidating its staff who were outgrowing space in multiple buildings in downtown Washington DC into a single brand new location, Teach For America (TFA) sought help to create a new workspace that is designed to be collaborative and supportive of new ways of working.

The design of the new space, co-located with other affiliated groups at Progression Place in the Shaw neighbourhood, provides a variety of settings for small and large group meetings to encourage collaborations. Larger rooms are equipped with video conferencing capabilities to support TFA’s regional network. The hub location was transformed to echo its mission through an old-fashioned schoolhouse setting. The design incorporates TFA-branded colours and materials, such as weathered wood to reflect the heritage of the schoolhouse.

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From concept to reality

M Moser worked collaboratively with TFA using 3D modelling to visualise the entire project during schematic design, including space planning, furniture and materials selection and lighting design. An integrated project delivery approach was used based on a proven track record working with M Moser and the desire for a single point of responsibility.

The careful management of a limited budget for the design and construction of the project was critical to the mission. The design team demonstrated creativity by specifying cost-effective building materials and reusing furniture to enhance the overall design solution.

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  • Status Completed
  • Area 25,300 sq-ft
  • Completion date 2014
  • Location Washington DC
  • Photographer Eric Laignel


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