Lord Corporation Phase I Office Building
Cary, North Carolina
Construction Cost: Not Disclosed
size: 49,500 square feet
LEED: Gold Certified
2013 AIA NC Merit Award
2013 AIA Triangle Merit Award
The new headquarters symbolizes the company’s clean, unassuming reputation and sets the standard for future architectural and landscape development on the campus. The Lord Office Building provides high-quality workspace with special attention to flexibility, environmental workplace quality, and environmental conservation. The building mass is organized into four simple, parallel bars. The first bar connects parking to the main entrance. The second bar contains the lobby and is rendered as a carved solid. Support functions, vertical circulation, and meeting rooms are bundled into this bar. The third bar contains an open office environment with full-height glass on all sides, allowing an uninterrupted visual connection to the surrounding tree canopy. The fourth, smaller bar is dedicated to exterior utility services.
This design provides healthy, attractive office space that connects staff to each other and to the bucolic landscape. Each level includes meeting rooms, a work room, and a small break area. A new data center and IT support lab are located on the lower level of the building. On the second floor, above the entrance to the 2-story lobby, is a large staff lounge. A video-conference room is located on the third floor above the lobby.
Sustainable site strategies include minimizing land disturbance, limiting utility and infrastructure requirements, on-site water-quality treatment, and indigenous plants requiring no irrigation. Sustainable interior strategies include daylight harvesting, with views of the site’s natural surroundings from all occupied spaces. Sustainable systems include under-floor air distribution on all office levels, high-performance glazing with integral sun-control louvers, and brick made from processed sewage waste and other non-clay, post-consumer materials.