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For an employee owned firm, this building is not so much a workplace as it is a second home, which is how the design became integrated using a domestic form type: the courtyard house. The Great Hall is the center of the activity for a community that works and plays hard, where everyone flows through is as they move from entry to conference center, from office to lab. It supports everything from all hands meetings to chili cook-offs, figuratively and literally embodying the firm’s values. An economical high performance envelope harvests daylight and expresses the client’s origin testing steel paint coatings; and along with segregated lab and office HVAC systems creates an energy efficient and highly stable laboratory environment for their specialized science cost effectively. Limited use of applied finishes and durable materials reduce embodied carbon. High performance, flexible labs and offices are filled with natural light and offer views of the untouched wooded site, drought tolerant landscape and outdoor social space, planned to support the firm for the next 50 years and beyond.
Category: Medium Architecture
Architecture Firm: Cannon Design
Project Team: Monica Pascatore; Jacob Morrison; Eric Reese; Barrett Newell; Briana Wilkins; Kevin Garcia
Engineers: Windridge Engineering Co. - Civil Engineering; Apogee Engineering - Electrical Engineer; WNA Engineering, Inc. - Mechanical Enineer
Photographer: Ed Massery