CH2M Office

Working with Holder Properties, this build-to-suit project included both a core and shell phase and a tenant upfit phase. The three-story, 70,000 square-foot building is located on a 6-acre site in the Verdae planned development in Greenville, SC. In order to meet the client’s critical date for occupancy, our team created an accelerated project schedule, 30-50% faster than typical for a building of this size. Through a combination of constant communication and careful planning, the project team of Holder Properties, McMillan Pazdan Smith and Harper Construction were able to successfully deliver the project on time and on budget. Working with CH2M’s Eastern US Facility Director and corporate interior designer, our team designed a project that will serve as the new corporate prototype for offices globally.

Physical security, acoustical privacy and flexibility were all key to the success of the interior space planning. Based on the client’s goals, the facility included work stations for 350 employees, but zero private offices. A large number of flex spaces, privacy rooms, conference rooms and hoteling desks are incorporated throughout the building. By pushing all hard walled rooms to the building’s core and strategically using clerestory windows, virtually every space has access to daylight. Due to the extreme confidentiality of their work, the open office bays can be subdivided into “lockdown rooms” where teams can sequester themselves for the duration of a project. By using demountable partitions, these flexible spaces can grow or shrink as the project team’s size changes, all without compromising visual or auditory disruption or leakage.

The natural constraints of the site required creativity in determining the building’s footprint and placement, as well as careful coordination with local utilities and officials. A nature trail provides connection to the adjacent GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, a popular 21-mile multi-use greenway. Although intended to be used as a single-tenant building from day one, the core and shell were also designed to accommodate future multi-tenant arrangements. Material selection and building massing were both influenced significantly by Verdae’s development covenants. The $11 million dollar project was completed in Spring 2016.