General Dynamics Land Systems Maneuver Collaboration Center (MC2)

General Dynamics invited FTCH to design a new collaboration facility for their Land Systems Division. The Sterling Heights, Michigan, campus includes the main office and research and development (R&D) facility. At 13,000 sf, the facility represents a small fraction of the total building area it was designed within, which was several hundred thousand square feet.

The R&D facility serves two primary purposes. First, it is the front door for visitors to General Dynamic facilities in Michigan. Second, this facility is the nexus for new ideas between their design team members and those outside the firm. It is a creative collaboration center providing space to formulate ideas, develop collaborative design concepts, and ultimately, construct and test design.

This project’s role is well beyond the notion of providing adequate space for the activities that will take place in it. This facility was truly meant to bring out creative thinking, in particular, high-tech thinking. In addition, it provides extensive flexibility that will promote free thinking and allow for rapid changes in thinking, developing, and testing.

AWARDS

2011 Honor Award, Building Award Category - American Institute of Architects/Grand Valley Chapter

2011 Design Competition, Corporate Space Category First Place Winner - American Society of Interior Designers/MI Chapter