GlaxoSmithKline HQ

Photo courtesy of Brian Hackford/Keswick Cycle

GlaxoSmithKline’s new office headquarters in Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard is designed to improve the health and productivity of its workforce. The project was developed by Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners and designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in association with Kendall/Heaton Associates.

In the open-concept workspace, employees are not limited to any one workspace for an extended period of time. Special features such as adjustable desks that move between sitting and standing promote healthy working habits, and workers can even exercise as they work by using one of the walk-station desks attached to a treadmill. Adjustable chairs and monitor arms offer employees a comfortable, ergonomic office environment.

A prominent lobby staircase encourages employees to skip the elevator. Amenities such as an in-office gym, walking trails, and parks with a putting green offer employees a variety of ways to stay active throughout the workday. A bike-sharing program, maintained by local bike shop Keswick Cycle, offers employees a fleet of bikes to borrow for midday exercise or running errands. A health clinic with a nurse further supports the company’s mission to make wellness a priority.