CWPS’ Northern Virginia office attracts the area’s millennial workforce to the ‘burbs with design details like a 31-foot 1978 Airstream trailer and a general store-inspired dining area. The Americana-with-an-edge office hits a comfortable balance for both the younger and more established workforce alike with generation bridging road trip metaphors and ample, adaptable flex space. CWPS‘ family vacation vibe does more than recruit and retain employees, though. The conversation-starter design encourages employees to get up from their desks, interact, and mingle — a huge achievement for the large, 24,000 SF space.
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CWPS’ Airstream Trailer resembles a floor exhibit in the American History Museum but it’s more than an art piece — it’s actual meeting space. The collector’s item, purchased on eBay and professionally refurbished, provides private and casual meeting space. The vintage awning creates a pop-up collaboration area. CWPS’ signature green accents the RV and its reflective coating opens an already expansive room, along with the warehouse high bay lights. The garage wall establishes separation from the back office when needed for events.
Inside the Airstream trailer, employees meet, work solo, and host speakeasy happy hours. Integrated LED lighting brightens and elongates the cozy space, and the ceiling’s acoustic-absorbing material keeps the noise level in check. Design features like the throwback collapsible plastic laminate table and the custom AV credenza maximize every bit of usable space. The refurbished trailer’s original windows maintain the 70s look, along with the silver bench seating.
The Airstream’s cockpit banquette seating and storage update the trailer’s interior look while the original blinds and digital clock preserve its old school character. The upgraded sound system and occupancy lighting add fun and necessary modern touches.
CWPS’ road trip theme continues into the pantry with reclaimed timber booths reminiscent of a roadside general store. The booths, housed under a standing seam roof, seat six and further the nostalgic feel with custom steel plate supports. The trading post lunch seating also doubles as meeting and remote-work space. The acoustic felt back wall absorbs noise and ensures privacy. Power strips in each booth give employees the ability to plug into the TVs and project.
The pantry’s living plant wall, evocative of the green blur seen while cruising down the highway, creates an open and connected visual barrier separating the executive offices from the gaming and lunch room.
Aesthetically pleasing power poles outfit each employee benching system, disguising power cords and avoiding pricey trench drilling on the slab on grade flooring.
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*Custom millwork by K-Mack Enterprises
*Photography by Jim Tetro Architectural Photography