Founded by financial consultant, author and radio personality Dave Ramsey, Ramsey Solutions was experiencing tremendous growth and sought a new home for “The Dave Ramsey Show” and their more than 500 employees operating out of multiple office locations in Franklin, Tennessee. The organization enlisted Gresham Smith to develop a multiphased campus master plan comprising 600,000 square feet of office space and a 50,000-square-foot amenity program to be located in the Berry Farms development of Williamson County.
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Flexible and Adaptable
Phase I of the master plan encompasses a new 204,000-square-foot, six-story corporate headquarters and a 15,000-square-foot employee/customer amenity center that will consolidate the company’s dispersed offices into a singular location. Gresham Smith set out to create an inspired new headquarters for Ramsey Solutions that provides maximum flexibility for both current and future growth and allows departments to expand and contract as needed. Since breaking ground on their new headquarters, the Ramsey team has added 250 new employees. When Ramsey Solutions' new home opens, more than 750 employees will work from the larger, more accommodating office space.
A New Space for the Ramsey Solutions' Team and Their Guests
One of the company’s biggest challenges with their current space is the size of the main reception area. Each afternoon, “The Dave Ramsey Show” is broadcast live from a studio adjacent to reception, with the main lobby serving as an audience gathering space. The activity associated with the radio show often makes it difficult for guests to easily access the reception desk since the two functions coexist in an undersized space. The new headquarters’ design features two broadcast studios, with a viewing area for guests outside the studios, that will allow audience members to participate in the show.
Getting All Hands on Deck
A key challenge for our design team was creating a large communal space for all-hands meetings that could seat 1,000 people and be reconfigured for dining space during the lunch hour. Our team worked together to create a large two-story space that meets this requirement while also functioning as the main entrance for both Ramsey Solutions’ team members on Level 1 and radio show visitors and guests on Level 2.
Defining a New Workplace
Gresham Smith interviewed Ramsey Solutions’ team members from every department to garner a clear understanding of how they worked, the challenges they were experiencing with their current workspace, and the changes they would like to see in their future workspace. Based on this vital feedback, our team developed an open floor plan that features access to daylight, open workstations that can accommodate more than 1,000 employees, and numerous indoor and outdoor spaces for team gatherings, lunches and devotionals.
With a large corporate client base, Ramsey Solutions desired enhanced amenities to entertain and support client meetings. To meet this need, the design includes a large conference room, a pre-function space, a catering kitchen and two individual restrooms.
More Room for Books & Coffee
Located adjacent to the lobby area, Ramsey Solutions’ bookstore and café are quickly outgrowing their current space. To provide the extra space needed for these important guest amenities, the design situates the bookstore and café inside a first-floor connector (as part of phase II of the master plan) and directly behind the main reception desk, placing them front and center as visitors enter the building.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
To help illustrate the development of the design, our team utilized 3D imagery. We also created a virtual reality (VR) presentation to help bring the architecture to life and give the client a more immersive experience of their new space.
Embracing the Company Spirit
Slated for completion in 2019, the new Ramsey Solutions headquarters not only facilitates collaboration, growth and flexibility, but also serves as a new home office for a message of hope that embraces the company spirit of fiscal responsibility for all users of the building—from team members and corporate clients to Fortune 500 companies, church groups and radio fans alike.