Sustainability Winner

Inmar Corporate Headquarters

Winston-Salem, NC

Workplace Strategies

Project Description:

Located in Winston-Salem, NC, Inmar’s headquarters is an integral part of the Piedmont Triad Research Park’s North District.  This district is undergoing a rapid transformation from a closed-down RJ Reynolds tobacco manufacturing district to an ultra-modern, urban-cool knowledge district.

The interior architecture contrasts the unique historic shell building structure with a modern, flexible office workspace design.  In order to take advantage of the natural lighting, the majority of the enclosed spaces are organized around the central service core and vertical circulation elements.

The overall finish and material concept for the project included a white neutral background on the majority of the vertical surfaces to maximize penetration of daylight from the atrium spaces into the building core.  Finishes were selected with sustainability principles in mind using the LEED 2009 Commercial Interiors rating system guidance.  Material selection emphasized natural content, recycled content, salvaged materials, regional materials, and low VOC’s.

This projects fast-tracked schedule, consultant coordination, other complexities included compliance with the State Historic Preservation Office and Department of the Interior.

Judges Comments:

If ultra-modern, ultra-cool and fabulous was the goal outside of sustainability, this project’s design solution hit the mark dead center. (David Stone)

Daylight is indeed maximized via central light well, reflective surfaces and layers of glass.  Does not look like a fast tracked project. (Michael Dudek)

  • Fantastic workplace design – relevant for today’s multigenerational workplace
  • Simple color palette yet very rich and balances the white envelope

(Royce Epstein)