We’re thrilled to announce that our HQ in Cartersville, Georgia, the Shaw Create Centre, has been awarded top honours in the Workplace category in Fast Company’s 2019 Innovation by Design Awards, the only competition to honour creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation. With more than 4,300 entries from the industry’s top design brands, this year’s applicant pool was the strongest in the competition’s history. The judges included renowned designers from a variety of disciplines, business leaders from some of the most innovative companies in the world, and Fast Company’s own editors. Entries were judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, depth of user insight, cultural impact, and business impact.

The Create Centre was designed by the talented team from Gensler Atlanta and is a cutting-edge, three-story facility that is a living representation of the brands’ mission, people and values. Based on the idea that space shapes the personality of a business, the Shaw Create Centre opens opportunities to develop a culture that is authentic and aspirational – and, more than ever, to design and create things that matter.

Because we’re located right next to Plant 94, which used to be our office space, the Shaw teams sometimes refer to the Create Centre as Plant CX. With a focus on current and future employees, as well as clients and industry partners, CX boasts a break-through concept strategically designed with productivity and wellbeing in mind. A range of workspaces, from an open seating plan, to common areas used for impromptu team engagement and deliberately placed breakout rooms, promote connectivity, collaboration, productivity, movement and well-being – allowing associates to do their best work. The “back porch” happens to be a favourite shared space.


"The Create Centre showcases the unique balance between culture and outcomes that drive today's fast-paced need for innovating and iterating products; blurring the lines between studio, laboratory and showroom," says John Cantrell, Co-Studio Director, Workplace and Project Director – Gensler Atlanta. "Our design team worked closely with Patcraft and Shaw Contract to build a space that nourishes the design conversation, provides inspiration, and encourages collaboration, resulting in a space that employees are excited to work at."

See what some of our team members love most about working at the Create Centre in this Instagram story reel.

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