The Burgess Group


Healthcare Software Developer Headquarters

Alexandria, Virginia

17,000 GSF, 1580 M2

Engineering, Interior Architecture, Programming

Sustainable Programs
LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) (LEED-CI)-Platinum

Small Office, 25th Annual Carpet Fiber Design Awards, Bronze Award -- Commercial project under 20,000 sf, Best of the Year -- Eco/Green Projects

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“In addition to an innovative and exciting place to work, we wanted our new office to personify the Burgess brand. We asked that our story and ideals be told as one progresses through the space.”

—Greg Burgess, Founder and Managing Partner


Like the nation’s rapidly transforming healthcare system, this developer of Medicare and Medicaid-based reimbursement software has been growing at a fast clip. The directive for SmithGroupJJR was to design an innovative and stimulating place to work, with the space itself personifying the Burgess brand.

Locating many employees in an interactive bullpen achieved the idea-sharing that inspired founder Gregg Burgess to relocate. Staff members now work at benching workstations with low partitions, with a “palpable sense of many brains concentrating in one place,” as one design critic said. The coveted corner office was no longer the centerpiece. Instead, the open environment delivers flexibility, natural light, access to technology and collaborative space—including a popular staff lounge, providing respite for software engineers and research analysts who work long hours.

The award-winning workplace is ultra-green and achieved top honors—LEED-CI Platinum—from the U.S. Green Building Council. Every decision, from building selection to finishes and company process, were integrated into the sustainability plan.

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