A spacious, light-filled lobby animates the first floor with an energetic marketplace and commercial zone that welcomes all building occupants, encourages interaction, and engages the surrounding urban fabric. The secured upper floors of the building provide numerous points of horizontal and vertical connection at every level, fostering circulation and interdepartmental collaboration amongst the operational units of the three departments that will inhabit the building. Each floor is designed with standardized—yet flexible—floor plans that consolidate critical office support functions, such as conference and break rooms and infrastructure within a centralized vein—or "mother lode"—of efficiency.
Building systems are designed to optimize energy and water use while at the same time reduce maintenance and operational costs and demonstrate stewardship of resources. The thoughtful arrangement of glass on each floor brings ample natural light deep into the open office environment to connect the three end-user departments with nature, promoting wellness and workplace satisfaction.
The project will be constructed as Zero Net Energy and is targeting a LEED Platinum certification. It will also use 60 percent less water than a typical building. During demolition of the existing building, the team diverted 30,000,000 pounds of concrete and steel for recycling.