The client’s objective involved a well designed, speculative office building that could be leased to a single tenant or up to five separate tenants. The program consisted of a fixed parking space occupancy, on-site stormwater tenting and a drop of 12 feet across the depth of the site. These key issues were all mitigating factors in the building design on this suburban site of 33,000 sq. ft.
HSEarchitects designed a 7,316 sq. ft compact plan of that included a small lobby entrance, central core toilets, and column free space that allowed for easy modification based on number of tenants. The building’s shape and orientation was positioned to take advantage of the north sun exposure. By minimizing the amount of south and west facing glass, HVAC cooling cost would be minimized. To allow more natural light in, the building features clerestory and north façade windows that help illuminate the entire space.
The exterior building materials were chosen to blend with the surrounding context of the neighborhood which is a mixture of offices and industrial buildings. At the request of the Owner, a minimal maintenance but highly durable exterior envelope was detailed. The exterior walls are a veneer of split face concrete masonry units. Two colors were used to contract basic walls from those areas of wall occurring below the windows. Burnished, smooth-face CMU was used to express the header beams above the window and door openings. The material chosen for exposed roof areas on the clerestory scoop, on fascias and as column covers is zinc sheet metal. The matte patina quality of the zinc cladding creates a beautiful color that seamlessly fits with the surrounding office buildings. It also helps provide the durability and the low maintenance that the Owner was seeking.