The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention required an operations center design that maintains a secure environment without compromising an open workplace and improved communications within and between workgroups. A commitment to the surrounding community, minimizing energy use and promoting healthy indoor and outdoor environments was priority for the CDC.
The office floor design features a spine of meeting space and central corridors. The full height perimeter glazing opens to views at each cross-corridor, allows for a sense of place, and assists in way-finding. Use of state-of-the-art glazing with high visible light transmittance and low heat gain is combined with external shades and internal light shelves to capture exterior light and reduce overall energy consumption.
To further physical activity by promoting stair usage, glazed stair shafts are located on the ends of the building where they share daylight and views of the campus. The stairs are open, inviting spaces - immediately accessible and user friendly for short trips that promote health.