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Demonstration of Improvements to Core Functionality
Initially, our client wrote out its core values and asked us to center the design around these principles: We behave with integrity. We treat people with dignity and respect. We motivate, inspire and engage talent. We deliver an exceptional customer experience. We continuously improve and innovate. We execute thoroughly and seek excellence. With these in mind, we challenged ourselves to think of ways to manifest these principles through the design of their building. As a result, Community, Connectivity and Circulation were cornerstones for the design of the entire building. Our client sought an integrated space focused on the experience of the individual, while creating an egalitarian environment designed for all.
Placing the building atop a parking podium, versus below-grade, created significant cost savings for the project. This saved the project money, while creating great views for all employees and enhancing access to natural light by lifting the entire project above surrounding retail developments. Concurrent planning and design of core and shell with interiors allowed for a reduced footprint as the program, function and cross-function were planned in tandem reducing inefficiencies, Other cost-effective solutions involved alignment of the core and shell team with the interiors team and clear and effective decision making from our client.
The larger outdoor courtyard on the 8th Floor and Town Square area are the central focal points of the community floor. The courtyards, along with the open multipurpose space, comprise the “town square”. The central “town square” holds café seating during a normal day and transforms into an all hands space for events. The design team highlighted these zones using lighting, rich natural materials and architectural details.
Each of the two conference centers holds a variety of small meeting and huddle rooms, as well as larger meeting and training spaces that can be divided into smaller rooms for ultimate flexibility. Generous interior circulation provides impromptu meeting and pre-function space outside of the large conference and training rooms.
Color, Lighting & Graphics
The design team capitalized on color, lighting, graphics and architectural elements to guide employees through the space to reinforce a sense locality while reinforcing the clients’ community brand. Use of architectural elements as wayfinding is a common element found throughout the campus – from the sculptural coffee bar to the lit forms at each end of the building. Both entrances to the eighth-floor feature foundational branded signage that underscores the company’s culture and values.
The use of local Texas shell stone and Texas Cordova Cream stone at each entry to the community floor further emphasizes the client’s connection to the region and community. Throughout the space, the warmth and texture of the materials —Texas stones, blackened copper, leathers, terracotta tiles, and regional plant materials — are inspired by North Texas and highlight the client’s commitment to this office having a North Texas feel.
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