As the base building architect and interior design team, we designed for and supported the client’s consolidation of three regional offices and 800 employees into a single energy efficient, modern campus located on a 20-acre brownfield site in a heavily industrial context. This included moving the company from a “closed office,” 1958 architype to a state-of-the-art environment that allowed individuals and corporate divisions to collaborate, something not previously possible. Showcasing sustainable technology was also a design goal.
In response to the industrial context, the design solution organizes open work environments inward, around an exterior, southern lawn amenity. The building cores and central “Main Street” circulation is located to the north. All central support functions are located adjacent to this corridor and are meant to foster interaction among employees. An open, column-fee work environment along the southern portion of the floor plates permits maximum shared daylight in and views out. The facades respond to both their internal functions and external site contexts. Sensors on the south curtain wall automatically raise and lower screens in response to daylight conditions. Internally, the structural frame and systems are exposed, celebrating the industrial nature of the site and corporation.
Many design and sustainable strategies were utilized in this tailored-made Build to Suit, including the utilization of a Bloom fuel cell that creates on-site electricity. This technology is displayed and celebrated on the south lawn and is the first commercial application of a Bloom cell on the East Coast. It has reduced this corporation’s carbon footprint by 93%, or 38,870 metric tons of CO2, from its previous facility. Also, the region’s first Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) provides for a much healthier and energy efficient HVAC System. The outcome of this clear diagram and design has created a better culture through interaction among its employees and divisions, while the celebrated sustainable technologies have been a case study informing other developments.