Cisco, an international leader in IT and networking, had recently acquired Sourcefire, a smaller firm ingrained with a traditional work culture and comprised mostly of private offices. This varied greatly from Cisco’s flatter, open office culture. The FOX Architects team was faced with unique cultural, design and engineering challenges in delivering the company’s new offices in Fulton, Maryland.
The design team constructed a solution that balanced elements from each culture into a cohesive design that supported personal choice in work style and location by implementing a modular functionality in both individual and collaborative work areas. All workstations were equipped with height adjustable desks, ergonomic seating, and individual tasks lighting. Higher panels were also incorporated into work stations, which served as an acoustic barrier, but also doubled as a whiteboard for collaboration. A wealth of amenities were also brought into the space – an active game room, which includes a foosball, ping-pong, and pool table – allowing project teams to interact in a non-work focused environment or for a quick escape from the workday.
Cisco’s new office is abundant with natural light. The new design successfully unifies two distinct cultures and both Sourcefire and Cisco employees alike have praised the new space.