A blending of nature and science into an iconic facility which supports the robust growth of North Carolina’s biotechnology industry
Dedicated to statewide recruitment of businesses grounded in biotechnology research and development, the Leadership Annex is a 23,000 square foot, four story addition to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) office and conference facility. Subsequent to a rigorous visioning and programming phase, led by John, it was determined that the Annex support the expansion of the Center's staff and partners by accommodating administrative offices, a multi-purpose room and conference rooms to function as seminar, meeting and education spaces.
The Annex represents the success of NCBC and distinguishes itself from the original building as an icon through its powerful cylindrical form, skinned in a terracotta rain screen. Within the cylinder an orthogonal planning strategy was incorporated for the perimeter offices and conference rooms which were furnished with custom designed quarter sawn maple casegoods to effectively utilize the curvilinear spaces. The balance of the furniture is lightly scaled and modernist inspired, in keeping with the minimal detailing of the interior architecture.
The interior abounds with daylight and unobstructed views to the surrounding forests. By limiting the height of the open office furniture and in concert with clear glass office fronts, John was able to maintain the open architectural design while providing required acoustical privacy. Personal comfort in respect to cooling, heating, and lighting controls were considered paramount, along with improved indoor air quality made possible by operable windows and low VOC finishes.
The result of these attributes, along with locally sourced materials and FSC certified wood veneers, is a United States Green Building Council’s, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC) Silver Certification.