Located in Southern Florida on land that was part of the everglades only 100 years ago, this 20-acre, LEED Platinum Core + Shell, high security federal workplace campus consists of a 375,000 square foot office building, a parking structure, and a maintenance building. The chameleon-like enclosure of the office building embraces the natural habitat by reflecting light, clouds, sky, and the wetlands throughout the day. The result is a site-specific response that is dynamic and memorable.
The massing of the building components is linear and aligned in the East-West direction which minimizes solar exposure and heat gain. The site strategy allows for a large portion of the site to be restored to native wetlands. Landscape and buildings alternate across the site for connection between nature, buildings, and people. High security features, like anti-ram protection at the campus entrance, are submerged in the wetlands allowing them to function as required while being less obtrusive to the first impression of visitors.
The H-shaped office building embraces a workplace paradigm that focuses on increased worker effectiveness through maximum daylight access and views to the exterior. Fixed perforated sunscreens at the South facing facades reduce heat gain and glare and contribute to the comfort of agents. Two narrow building bars, 60-foot wide and six and seven stories tall respectively, are connected by a link containing meeting spaces. The two resulting entry and landscape courtyards are well shaded and comfortable, a well-used amenity by the federal agents.