Knoll-Furnished United States Army Corps of Engineers Federal Center South Receives Contract Magazine 2014 Interior Awards for Sustainable DesignAutoStrada® Workstations, ReGeneration by Knoll®, Life® Chairs, Sapper™ Executive Chairs and KnollStudio Furnishings Featured in One of the Most Energy-Efficient Office Buildings in the Country
January 28, 2014
The new headquarters of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Federal Center South Building 1202, which features a range of Knoll open plan workstations, private offices and Activity Spaces furnishings, is the recipient of the 2014 Contract Magazine Interior Awards for Sustainable Design.
The new structure, which is expected to perform within the top 1 percent of energy efficient office buildings in the United States, features ReGeneration by Knoll® and Sapper™ Management Chairs in the conference rooms. In the open plan office, AutoStrada® workstations with low panels “preserve visual access within and between departments."
"Open workspaces curve around a central atrium—also known as the commons—containing shared services, such as conference rooms and kitchenettes, and functioning as the social heart of the building,” notes Sheri Olsen of Contract Magazine.
MultiGeneration by Knoll® in assembly rooms; Jehs+Laub Lounge Chairs, Florence Knoll Sofas, Pfister Lounge Chairs and Maya Lin Stones in the atrium; and Bertoia Diamond Chairs and Gigi® Barstools and Side Chairs in other Activity Spaces support the organization’s desire for a “cultural shift toward more collaboration.”
“The building appeals to a younger generation used to taking their laptops and working away from their desk,” says Rick Thomas, project manager at the General Services Administration (GSA).
The 209,000 square-foot building occupies 4.6 acres on the Duwamish Waterway south of downtown Seattle and incorporates over 200,000 board feet of lumber salvaged from a timber-framed warehouse demolished on site as well as another 100,000 board feet of repurposed decking.
“We built physical connections to create real connections between people,” says architecture firm ZGF Principal Dan Simpson.