Initial Design Requirements: The program for this project called for a 25,000 square foot, two-story building; 10,000 square feet to house the headquarters, with room to grow in the future. Challenges included requisite exterior materials, bound by the park’s management group, and jurisdictional wetlands on its north boundary.
Special Building Features: The resulting facility created an inventive and engaging building with strong curb appeal. The exterior surface is articulated to reflect changes in program by the use of contrasting material and volumetric shapes within the facade. Each corner of the building is expressed differently. The main entrance is an imposing two-story space with slanted full-height glass panels cradling a hallowed cube cut at a diagonal at the location of the front door. The opposite corner is a square-shaped room that projects out of the main facade and is separated from it by two slanted glass saddle panels setting it apart from the rest of the building. The other corner houses meeting rooms with one at the narrow tip of the building (referred to as “The Point”) having an arrow shaped profile accentuated by a two-story aluminum and glass curtainwall that makes this room transparent to the exterior. By resonating the creative talent within, the structure more than satisfied the architectural objective. Interior spaces are efficiently laid out and encourage collaboration among the architects and designers.
PQH Corporate Offices
Client: PQH Group, Inc.
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Principal-In-Charge: Jose Perez, AIA
Construction Cost: $1,900,000
Date of Completion: 1999