Sustainability – Honorable Mention

Sonepar

North Charleston, SC

LS3P

Cameron Wilson, IIDA, AAIA, ASID, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, (Design Lead/Principal-In-Charge), Whitney Grove, Associate IIDA, LEED AP (Senior Interior Designer), Ben Anderson, AIA, LEED BD+C (Architect)


This international family-owned company headquartered in Paris, France, engaged the architect to create a new North American Headquarters. With global market leadership distribution of electrical and cable products and related services, it was imperative that the space showcase a wide range of the Owners products. They also desired it to be environmentally sustainable, and to speak to their multi-generational workforce to create a cohesive environment. This international family-owned company headquartered in Paris, France, engaged the architect to create a new North American Headquarters. With global market leadership distribution of electrical and cable products and related services, it was imperative that the space showcase a wide range of the Owners products. They also desired it to be environmentally sustainable, and to speak to their multi-generational workforce to create a cohesive environment.

SOLUTIONS AND APPLICATIONS
A simulated cable tray was created in the  main lobby at the ceiling, from lightweight fabric and long continuous runs of lighting to reinforce its cable product line.
As a branding device, a three dimensional art piece wrapped with the company’s cable was commissioned in the entrance foyer connecting iconic symbols from each office city location.
A community room was designed to bring multi-generational workforce together as a cohesive unit.
As a measurement of success, the new headquarters is providing substantial benefits in branding, collaboration, wellness, and employee engagement.
Sampling of Sustainable Strategies: • Low-VOC indoor finishes:  Low-or no-emitting, including tile, glass, linoleum and wood. • Lighting controls: capitalizing on Owners sustainable lighting products to provide maximum impact for minimal budget.• Glare reducing architectural shading: to preserve views but prevent glare. • Superior acoustics:  High NRC acoustical ceiling tile, noise-sensitive rooms with walls extending to the above structure • Open office areas, conference rooms, and private offices: adjacent to exterior windows with large glazing areas, to provide access to daylighting and outside views. • Lighting throughout displays best capabilities of owner’s lighting control products • Abundant Lighting controls

Judges Comments:

“Strong ceiling lighting features throughout space, Graphics are impactful.”

(Cameron Wilson)