to consolidate and centralize the operations, improve efficiency and better serve customers
to project an image to the customers and town that was responsible and innovative (attaining Leed Silver Certification is a key driver towards this goal)
to rethink the current office culture to improve communication and reduce barriers between management and staff
outcomes-based design RESULTS
Two sites, adjacent to each other and accessible to the Interstate, accommodate the Operations Center and the Office Building. This minor segregation allows the Operations Center, with its industrial functions, round-the-clock schedule and site storage requirements, to operate more effectively. Strategic zoning of functions and vehicular circulation were paramount in the site planning approach.
The interior space planning approach arranges the private offices along the interior core and the open work stations closer to the building perimeter. This approach creates openness, flexibility and brings daylight to more staff.
Common spaces such as lobbies, conference rooms and break rooms inhabit the centralized areas and are expressed with curving facades to contrast the static feel of office plates.
A comprehensive raised access floor system incorporates the air distribution and cable management and brings greater thermal comfort and flexibility for the work stations. This system, when combined with the day lighting strategies, greatly increases energy efficiency. This building will easily achieve LEED Silver certification.
The architectural vocabulary incorporates qualities of transparency, sustainability and restrained modernism. The three/four story office components incorporate a palette of granite, precast concrete and glass curtain wall.