Once McWaters had a handle on what Capgemini was trying to achieve with their space, the race was on to get it done on time. Because the scope of the project was so large, it warranted a trip to Steelcase headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. The client was able to see an even broader array of product offerings than was available in the McWaters showroom and that inspired them to increase their focus on technology. The team was making changes to the design sketches on the plane ride home and by the time they landed in Columbia, they were ready to implement their plan. Throughout the project, the team worked closely with everyone involved to quickly solve any problems that came up.
Issues sometimes arise on projects with this many moving parts. The McWaters team was quick to respond and diligent in the pursuit of making the end product exactly what the client wanted. -Davis Buchanan, Buchanan Construction Services
Technology integration was extremely important to Capgemini both for collaboration and to help support the remote and transient workers on the team. McWaters A/V team worked closely with the design team to ensure each conference room and breakout area had technology that would allow the Capgemini team to collaborate effectively. The teams relied on Steelcase's media:scapes for the smaller breakout areas and used digital screens and content sharing tools like the Puck to incorporate technology into some of the larger conference rooms. McWaters used a Cisco SX 20 VTC, controlled with Crestron control, for Capgemini's video conferencing solution. This was extremely important to help the team keep in touch with employees who are remote or who work at different headquarters around the world.
Capgemini was also one of the first customers to use the new Microsoft Surface Hub in conjunction with the Steelcase V.I.A. walls. This powerful tools gives the Capgemini team access to the types of technologies found in the Microsoft Surface, Xbox, Windows, Office, Azure, and Cloud all in one place. It's an opportunity for the company to come together on both creative and strategic work without having to use multiple technology tools.
One of the main features of the new space is the multiple options for high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech meeting rooms. These spaces provide Capgemini employees ways to share their screens, collaborate, brainstorm. They also serve as a way to help people from different parts of the office see each other often. Their training room can be used a large space or segmented off into two separate spaces. Either configuration has access to technology thanks to both monitor and projector screen that is installed in the room.
Commitment to Culture
From the beginning, it was clear that the main tenant of Capgemini's culture was collaboration. But due to the constraints of their previous space, there were teams within Capgemini who had never even sat on the same floor before. Within the first week of moving in, the organization was already making heavy use of their conference rooms and breakout spaces. The company also had a commitment to being as paperless as possible. McWaters helped support this part of the culture by providing only a very limited amount of storage and using that space to incorporate more technology and breakout spaces. McWaters was also able to provide a centrally-located work cafe so employees could gather informally during breaks or even to brainstorm and work.
With all of the collaboration going on in the office, employees also needed a few quiet places to do heads-down work or make phone calls. McWaters accomplished this through the many meeting and breakout spaces as well as the two stand-alone phone booths in the office. The phone booths allow employees to make phone calls without worrying about disturbing others' work or being disturbed by noisy collaboration.
Dan Sherer, Sherer and Associates
Project Management Partner
Davis Buchanan, Buchanan Construction Services
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- Whitney McMakin
- Ned Little
- Michael Sweeny
- Joel Eller
- Jose Padilla
- Will Gresham
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