The American Red Cross reduced the footprint of their Indiana headquarters from approximately 100,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet with a new design focused on efficiency, productivity, collaboration, and employee wellness.
Flexible training rooms, a community center, teaming areas, local office spaces, and huddle spaces create an environment where employees and volunteers feel energized and accommodated. Strategies behind the design included removing office suites and promoting interaction through an open office. A coffee house incorporated into the workplace connects and creates a sense of community.
The ARC brand is highlighted in the interior corridor, which displays historical Red Cross artifacts, local to Indianapolis, and the signature Red Cross red color palette is featured throughout.
Sustainability and employee health is a strong consideration of the building design. Large windows allow abundant light into the workplace, and the rooftop terrace creates a respite and wellness destination. The building is extremely sustainable, with the exterior wrapped in red brick, seamlessly blending in with the surrounding architectural aesthetic.
With a mandate to provide uninterrupted disaster response services regardless of local conditions, Resilience was a key guiding principle of the American Red Cross Headquarters design. At the same time, the community mission required the building to present a welcoming and transparent entrance, and staff desired healthful connections to the outdoors, so the building could not be a fortress. Rather, thoughtful zoning of the program spaces allowed selective hardening of the structure and envelope for protection and economy. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is protected within a fortified building envelope that exceeds code requirements and is backed by a standby generator. Staff spaces are secure in an enhanced protection zone, while the coffee cafe is located in typical construction.
Responsible for making efficient use of the budget, the flexible program and plan focused on efficiency, productivity, collaboration, and employee wellness. Strategic building arrangement and multi-purpose spaces allowed the American Red Cross to reduce the footprint of their former headquarters from approximately 100,000 square feet to a more sustainable 20,000 square feet.
Flexible training rooms, a community center, teaming areas, office spaces, and huddle spaces create an environment where employees and volunteers feel safe and energized. To accommodate pre-storm staff surge as well as multiday disaster response cycles, training rooms can double as overnight staff accommodations. Basic laundry, shower, pantry and emergency supply areas provide ancillary staff support. Large windows allow abundant light into the workplace, and the rooftop terrace creates a respite and wellness destination.
• Predicted EUI in kBtu/sf/yr excluding on-site renewable energy contribution- 160.5
• Predicted EUI in kBtu/sf/yr including on-site renewable energy contribution (carbon offsets will not be counted) - N/A
• Predicted % regional energy reduction per Energy Star Target Finder- 25%
• Lighting Power Density reduction- 25%
Parking spaces per occupant: 0.51
Walk Score: 61 (Somewhat Walkable)
Transit Score: 51 (Good Transit)
Bike Score: 70 (Very Bikeable)
• percent (%) precipitation managed on site: N/A
• percent (%) waste water reused on site: N/A
• predicted annual regulated potable water use, gallons/sf/yr: 73 kGal/yr
• percent (%) regulated potable water reduction from baseline: 34%
Our material selections meet the stringent requirements of our internal Precautionary List, list of substances commonly used in the built environment that are harmful to the health of humans and/or the environment.