Two years ago, intown boosters applauded news that the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet, Interface, would be uprooting its Vinings headquarters and bringing as many as 200 more jobs to Midtown, echoing Fortune 500 company NCR’s migration from Gwinnett County.
From the outset, Interface HQ designs called for the environmental-friendly, adaptive-reuse of a dated office building at West Peachtree and 16th streets, across the street from MARTA’s Arts Center Station, which employees from Vinings and other regional offices could ostensibly use instead of driving.
This week, Interface officials are celebrating the completion of the 40,000-square-foot “Base Camp,” as employees have coined it.
Skinned with three stories of a silicone-glazed curtain and topped with a green roof, the project is a development and design collaboration between Interface and JLL, Perkins+Will, MSTSD, and Parkside Partners.
From the exterior, the forest motif is designed to allow for natural light, reduce heat, and reflect Interface’s commitment to sustainability, officials said.
The building uses 48 percent less energy than city code requires, with a 15,000-gallon water collection system for flushing. The company is applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 Platinum certification.
With myriad nooks, a staircase seating area, and functional rooftop, the building’s design offers flexibility in how and where employees work within the office, while functioning as a “living showroom” for the company’s flooring products, officials noted.
“Every aspect of the building’s design, seen and unseen, is collaborative and restorative in nature,” Jay Gould, Interface CEO, said in a press release.
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