At the project outset, Alta originally planned to duplicate the building footprint and program of its Wisconsin headquarters. But given the objective to create an inspiring workplace, the team quickly shifted gears to design an amenity-rich office building. The trick was to do so without exceeding the budget.
We designed the three-story, 98,000-square-foot building to include a blend of operational and gathering spaces. Amenities include open and private meeting areas, an executive board room, social gathering lounges, quiet “recharge” stations, a game room, training rooms, a cafeteria and an auditorium. A landscaped walking trail was designed on the property as well.
The building is mirrored along its diagonal, simplifying wall panels and window penetrations. Interior finishes were developed to reflect the honesty and transparency of the corporate culture. White walls and wood cladding provide a simple base; hot-rolled steel and painted aluminum accent pieces juxtapose against raw concrete floors and bright pops of color.
We used concrete tilt-wall construction, a building technique utilized extensively in southwest Florida, for the building form. This enabled some unique exterior wall details, attributable to using form liners, that gave the exterior some texture. The tilt-wall technique also supported quick erection of the structure.
Design-build project delivery helped the project team provide integrated services that counteracted schedule complications from supply-chain issues. Having a single contract — and thus a single point of responsibility — made the project easier for Alta to manage.