staff at thedetroiter.com recently had the opportunity to get an insider's
tour of One Campus Martius, the home of Detroit's newest resident,
Compuware. Here's a brief look at what goes on inside (as well as
a little bit of what's around the block).
the entrance is an atrium that spans the height of the entire building.
The spaciousness and openness provides the feeling of still being
outdoors. This sense is added to by the presence of a water fountain
composed of hanging, bright translucent materials suspended
from the ceiling. The water cascades off these elements before pouring
down a glass wall at the building's floor. Bamboo trees (in truth
tree facsimiles) stand tall alongside one wall. Access to the retail
spaces including Border's and the Hard Rock Café are here too,
but more on them later.
security to the second floor, we come face to face with Compuware's
cafeteria. This is a spacious eatery with a variety of choices, and
multiple viewpoints for taking in downtown. This floor is also home
to the daycare facility, a truly inviting place which also features
an outdoor, sculpted, second floor play area. The daycare may be one
of the most valuable services a company can provide for its employees.
For a parent to be able to be at work, and have his/her child cared
for just a few seconds away must bring great peace of mind. The building
has a medical center for employees to conveniently take care of themselves
floor up and we are in the fitness center. Complete with a winding
track, a basketball/volleyball court, racquetball courts, free weights,
bikes, treadmills, and much more, almost every physical activity a
person might want to partake in during his/her lunch hour is available.
This goes behind the idea of a perk, and makes the fitness area likely
a place where people who work together all day, get a chance to play
together as well.
the fourth floor and from here on out it's all down to business. This
doesn't, by the way, mean the space has become any less pleasant.
From open, casual meeting areas to more private conference rooms the
space seems designed to facilitate healthy interaction. Each of the
floors looks out to both the atrium and the city outside. The cubicles
are, well, cubicles, but with some interesting ergonomics and modularity.
Their design combined with the openness of the building cuts down
on the stereotypical office claustrophobia. Compuware has also gone
to some lengths to acquire art by local artists to enhance each floor
and expose their workers to different cultural experiences.
made a great commitment to Detroit in moving downtown. It is evident
from spending some time in this building that everyone involved in
the design of the building, from the executives to the architects,
see this as a home for the people who come to work there. It truly
is its own self-contained community, capable of meeting most of a
person's daily needs. The fact that the first floor and the atrium
are open to any one adds to the environment of downtown. The building
is thus not a fortress, but a welcome place for outsiders to meet.
Borders, Hard Rock Café and the other venues to come (one of
which has opened since our tour) provide attractions to bring Compuware
employees out and bring other people in. Hopefully in making this
building their home, the people that work here will venture out beyond
its doors and make this entire city their home.