CSX Transportation Inc. needed to relocate 800 employees from their Intermodal and Technology departments into 176,000 square feet of newly leased office space. CSX wanted the new space to evolve and enhance their work environment while also supporting their vision of innovation, sustainability and commitment to collaboration.

Utilizing a workplace strategies initiative, the design incorporates “me to we” spaces through the use of efficient individual workstations, flexible teaming areas and an open floorplan. Each floor is equipped with cyber cafés and enclaves for private discussions or personal phone calls, and all offer daylight and outdoor views. The LEED Gold certified space incorporates multiple green design and construction features including air quality monitors and HVAC system sensors, waterless urinals, construction waste recycling, use of local recycled building materials, and a system that reduces office lighting when sunlight is sufficient.

In addition to the new office design, we also provided new exterior signage services for CSX’s headquarters building. The exterior signage incorporates LED lighting, reducing energy consumption by 85% over the previous neon signage. The sign features the CSX logo as it appears on the side of a train boxcar and reads, “How Tomorrow Moves.”

The new workplace design aligns with CSX’s culture and has produced a collaborative, flexible, open, fun and energetic office environment. The design supports CSX’s commitment to eco-friendly practices and has optimized their energy consumption. By incorporating strategic workplace initiatives, CSX has achieved a dramatic reduction in the real estate required by their Intermodal and Technology departments while enhancing the performance of the workplace.

Gresham Smith continues to partner with CSX, and most recently, our team provided interior design services to renovate the company’s 35-year-old Crew Management building located at 116 Druid Street. The 22,000-square-foot space brings together two internal divisions that required closer proximity to one another and includes amenities such as a central, collaborative employee cafe.


CSX Corporation Inc.


Jacksonville, Florida

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Alyson Mandeville, EDAC, WELL AP
Alyson Mandeville, EDAC, WELL AP
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