Urban Outfitters, with help from Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, took four dilapidated historic buildings in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard and transformed them into an award winning Corporate Campus of recycled and renovated buildings. The clothing and housewares retailer was the first major non-ship building corporation to move to the Navy Yard and their newly designed headquarters received the 2010 AIA Honor Award for Architecture.
The Navy Yard once operated to produce naval vessels as well as construct, repair, and scrap decommissioned ships. Now the Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters retail brands’ design studios and offices are housed in each building.
They aimed to preserve some of the buildings factory characteristics by maintaining the industrial materials and large open spaces with ample natural lighting. Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle succeed in creating an environment where Urbans employees can enjoy to spend their time.
The employees at Urban Outfitters find the new headquarters spectacular. The companys employee turn over rate is down 11%, which emphasizes the importance of providing a work environment where employees feel comfortable, relaxed, and inspired in order to keep those creative juices flowing.