BUILDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Barton Malow recently provided interior, preconstruction and construction management services to General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) for its Mounted Maneuver Collaboration Center (MC2 an acronym following their military roots). The design for this project includes the interior renovation of existing spaces of approximately 6,300 SF along with the addition of approximately 6,700 SF for a total project size of 13,000 SF.

The project included the demolition and renovation of existing spaces, and a new addition with tenant fit-out. The new addition includes a Mechanical Systems Control laboratory, collaborative office and conference room spaces, storage, mechanical, pantry, bathrooms a new lobby and reception area.

Land Systems’ mission is to provide a full spectrum of land and amphibious combat systems, subsystems and components worldwide. Their strengths are world-class design and systems integration, superior production and innovative life cycle support.

The MC2 is a state-of-the-art facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where a collaborative environment has been created to foster interaction between General Dynamics Land Systems employees, the supply community, academia, the customer, and most importantly, with soldiers, Marines and other military ground forces. Here, MC2 facilitates and indeed widens access to GDLS, and is especially keen to attract and engage small businesses and innovators—nontraditional suppliers—with technology solutions. As a team, MC2 members fast-track collaboration, evaluation and validation to transition innovative solutions into tangible, increased capabilities for the war fighter.

General Dynamics created the MC2 to fall in line with their embrace of evolving technologies and the use of collaboration in the research and engineering world. The real design innovation comes from the motivation to philosophically change the culture of the company with a giant leap; From being a closed, highly secretive, research & development based, propriety organization to a collaborative nexus for engineers and researchers. The entire design is based on the idea of collaboration, communication and creating meaningful workspaces to heighten the intellectual experience. General Dynamics truly thought outside the cultural box to grip the paradigm change of the company.