This new, seven-story, 108,000-sq.-ft., cutting-edge collaborative workspace and corporate office facility consists of a three-story atrium with six floors above—two of which overlook the atrium below. The atrium is open to the public, giving members of the community the opportunity to enjoy its many special features, such as the spring-like fountains, living wall, artificial boulders, and commissioned artwork. These amenities are part of the culture at United Therapeutics with the aim to help people think in the way that most inspires them to get out of today's box and into the realm of tomorrow.
Joining this space to the "side-less" circular auditorium is a connector bridge—a custom-designed, state-of-the-art, glass bridge for employees to use as they "commute" between the buildings over Cameron Street. This all-glass auditorium required specially-developed glass and took 16 weeks to arrive. For a site with no lay down area, this was a critical lead time, requiring detailed scheduling and constant communication between the various parties.
For this addition, DPR used BIM for exterior skin coordination, which allowed us to detect design and constructability issues prior to onsite installation. We transferred the data in the skin coordination model into Trimble and used it for site layout. We used 4D modeling to visualize the whole construction process, along with the timeline, which helped us identify schedule conflicts and improve the project delivery schedule.
DPR used 3D models to illustrate site logistics, which helped teammates understand site logistics as well as recognize and immediately rectify potential site-specific safety issues.
The team incorporated many sustainable elements throughout the entire facility.
The lighting package included extensive use of light-emitting diode lights (LEDs) which, while having a higher upfront cost, are more efficient and translate into lower long-term operating costs. A combination of these LEDs with fluorescent lighting, and daylighting will allow UT to take advantage of the sun’s energy, reducing their energy costs. This technique allows a consistent level of lighting to be maintained throughout the day without the manual operation of lighting or window treatments. Controlling the daylighting process is a sophisticated “smart” control panel also tied to photovoltaics on the roof, and electric car chargers in the garage.