HGA, the national interdisciplinary design firm, is pleased to announce the completion of the renovation of The Salvation Army’s (TSA) National Headquarters in Old Town Alexandria, Va. The 40,000-square-foot headquarters, originally designed by HGA in the 1980s, was in need of an interior refresh and modern advancements to more effectively support the organization’s mission and efforts.
“Our goal with the project was to redesign and enhance the lobby to better tell The Salvation Army story to anyone entering the building by making it more of a museum experience,” said Ben Webne, Principal at HGA. “We also updated the work space to better motivate and inspire the critical people who support the Salvation Army’s mission every day whether they work in finance, internet fundraising, advocacy, or other functions.”
The redesign created a community-centered home and museum-like experience with televisions and other interactive displays located around the headquarters telling The Salvation Army’s story. It also connected the two buildings that make up the headquarters with a skybridge to enhance accessibility and flow. Additionally, doors, windows, elevators, staircases and cubicles, were modernized for security and functionality, and the onsite Chapel was renovated for use by the community and staff.
“HGA applied the new design to help bring a community closer and to tell The Salvation Army’s powerful story,” said Lt. Colonel Cindy Foley, National Treasurer and Secretary For Business Administration at TSA. She continued, “Whether entering from the front door or parking lot, the building is now a place where employees and guests alike can learn about TSA and be inspired in all areas.”
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