General Dynamics

Location: Fairfax, VA
Project Size: 5,000 sf

With clients in the defense, federal, and commercial sectors, this IT and systems engineering provider’s upscale cafeteria was designed to promote employee interaction. The design goal was to create a clean, modern, and multi-functional space that could be used by both employees and visitors to have lunch, receptions, or to gather for informal meetings. In order to accomplish the client’s goal, a variety of different seating areas were made available. There is a private dining room with glass doors that was designed for private conversations, small ceremonies, meetings, and presentations. There is a booth seating area for semi-private seating, bar tables, and a straight bar that allows for laptop plug-in access. A large built-in plasma screen provides an area for those who want to tune into the news on their breaks. The main focal point of the space is a dark wood cantilivered wall that shelters the bar tables and sections off the booth seats on its back side. The cafeteria, which is far from a quick food stop, includes healthy foods such as an omelet station for breakfast, a salad bar, sandwich and panini station, fresh fruit, soup, and an open grill area. Comfortable seating and high quality furniture were chosen to reinforce the notion of increasing employee and guest interaction.