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Liberty Mutual Regional Offices Plano, Texas

Expertise

  • Office
  • Interiors
  • Parking Structure
  • Sustainable Design

Size

1,100,000 SF
Creating the Corporate Campus

The 1,100,000 SF Liberty Mutual office building will provide a modern work environment for more than 4,500 employees. With a height of nearly 300 feet, the Liberty Mutual campus will be the tallest office project in Plano.

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Translating Office Culture into Real Design

The new regional offices for Liberty Mutual Insurance is located at the corner of State Highway 121 and the North Dallas Tollway at the vibrant Legacy West development. Legacy West is known for its mixed-use development full of retail, multifamily and most notably the new headquarters for corporate giants, Toyota, JP Morgan Chase and Fed Ex. When KDC and Liberty Mutual came to OMNIPLAN, they expressed an interest in a community-driven environment that would create a synergistic workplace for all employees. Through many collaborative work sessions with both the developer and the client, we worked through major programming challenges.

  • 4,500 Employees
  • 4,700 Cars Accomodated
  • 11 Floors per Office Tower
  • 7 Level Parking Structure
Office Culture

How do you fit 1,100,000 SF of office on this tight site? How big did each office floorplate need to be? Where did community-centric spaces go on each floor? Is the call center a separate off-site building or integrated in? How do you develop a modular floorplate with these community spaces that may have different needs per floor? The final solution to nearly all programming challenges became what we call the “superfloor”.

    The Superfloor

    The 250,000 SF superfloor is the heart of the building housing two day-lit call centers along with amenities, a town center, two courtyards open to the sky, a coffee bar, a large cafeteria, two conferencing wings, and a health center. This level 8 super floor, is essentially the community floor, where all Liberty Mutual employees will be moving through regardless if they are general staff or an executive group.

    The Design

    Two 11-story office towers rest on this community floor and are provided with fantastic views of the brand new Legacy West and the surrounding community of Plano. The towers were cleverly massed and designed to be identical, but the placement and orientation relative to each other created a composition that is both sculptural and unique to this emerging Plano skyline. The typical office tower floor plates were designed with optimum efficiency in mind. The structural framework is very much conventional, but with creative massing and envelope design, the overall architecture is one of elegance and timelessness.

    Staying Under Budget

    The Liberty Mutual Campus in Plano meets the LEED Silver requirements and will be 20 percent more energy efficient than the typical modern office, ultimately saving the client money in operating costs. Specific focus was given to areas that can be identified to help reduction of costs, such as the usual big ticket items like structural elements and mechanical systems. The design team provided options to the Liberty Mutual team to target the right mix of efficient designs while also matching maintenance requirements.

Reducing the Schedule

Liberty Mutual was in a hurry to move their 4,500 employees to their new regional offices at Legacy West. We looked at several tactics to save money, but the most effective one was splitting the project into two packages - Core & Shell and Interiors. We also assigned to separate design teams to the packages to ensure a speedy delivery. Both teams are working side-by-side to deliver this project with only a 27-month construction schedule.

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