by Melanie Robins, LEED AP ID+C
Project Designer

Like people, companies sometimes change so dramatically that a new look becomes part of that transformation. 


For NeoSystems, the changes came about for the best possible reason—a stunningly successful business. Originally a provider of accounting services to government contractors, NeoSystems had expanded beyond its core business to offer IT, contract management, financial planning and HR to new markets, including nonprofits and the private sector. As a result, the company embarked on a new chapter of growth and then went even further by completely reinventing itself with a new organizational structure, performance management system, marketing strategies and core values.

Along with those changes came a new brand identity and a new 27,000-square-foot headquarters in Tysons Corner, VA that FOX was asked to design. At the

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As buzzwords go in the workplace design industry, innovation has held top billing for some time, but now there’s a new star stealing the limelight --- engagement. With studies from Gallup and Towers Watson showing that more than 70 percent of the workforce is disengaged from the work they do, the problem has caught the attention of workplace consultants like Rex Miller, coauthor of The Commercial Real Estate Revolution and leader of Mindshift, an industry consortium exploring new workplace strategies as part of its latest research initiative, the case4space.

Miller was recently the guest speaker at an exclusive event held for FOX Architects and five of the firm’s clients to discuss Mindshift’s research and the role engagement plays in successful businesses. Engaged employees, Miller asserts, don’t see their job as just a paycheck. These employees feel fulfilled by the

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