Gresham, Smith and Partners is pleased to announce the completion of Schneider Electric’s new 150,000-square-foot regional office in Franklin, Tenn. The GS&P-designed project consolidated several Middle Tennessee locations to six floors at the Two Franklin Park tower, with a goal of attracting and retaining top-talent employees and transitioning to a more mobile workforce. The design team created an energetic, collaborative space that supports Schneider’s continued growth and success, reflects their global brand and showcases their technologies to potential clients.
“Schneider Electric is a leading global specialist in energy management and automation, and we believe our new regional office reflects our company’s industry-leading image,” said Ted Klee, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain North America at Schneider Electric. “80% of our Nashville staff is now free-address, and GS&P’s design was integral to helping us make that successful transition. The space has revitalized our office environment and provides both staff and guests with state-of-the-art facilities that inspire us and give us the tools we need to continue innovating.”
“Schneider’s mission to create connected technologies that reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives was the foundation of our team’s design,” commented Amy Klinefelter, IIDA, LEED AP, interior designer at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “We were committed to client engagement throughout the process, and we worked hard to design a state-of-the-art space utilizing Schneider’s own technology. Their employees are now enjoying the collaborative layout, ample daylight and vibrant aesthetic throughout the office. It’s truly a workplace of the future, and we’re confident it will serve them well for many years to come.”
The space includes a reception and concierge area, innovation hub showcasing Schneider’s latest technology, data center, training facilities, formal and informal meeting spaces, multipurpose work cafes, and a range of workstations to accommodate the varying workstyles of the company’s 800+ Nashville-area employees. Workstations can be checked out for the day, and phone rooms and offices are also available for more focused work. Collaborative areas are dispersed throughout the floors for impromptu team meetings. Additional features include communicating stairs to encourage movement between floors, a movable wall system and electric-vehicle charging stations.
Green lines along the floor, walls and ceilings provide visual continuity throughout the space and represent Schneider’s commitment to connectivity. Because of Schneider’s innovations in energy management and automation, lighting is also a focus of the design. Large-scale feature lights are incorporated throughout the floors, and modern light fixtures with decorative rings mimic the “on” symbol in Schneider’s “Life is On” tagline. Sustainability features include daylight harvesting, energy-efficient lighting controls, and Schneider’s own proprietary building utility monitoring equipment and software.