Due to factors including significant renewed growth in the nuclear service industry, Westinghouse Electric Company chose to relocate its corporate headquarters from the Monroeville area to a new office park development north of Pittsburgh, in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
IKM, working as part of a joint venture team with a local engineering firm, designed the new Westinghouse Corporate Headquarters complex. The Westinghouse Headquarters is aiming for a LEED Certified designation with the US Green Building Council. To achieve certification, the design incorporates several sustainable practices related to the project site, the surrounding environment, energy efficiency and the quality of the working environment.
The nearly 1 million square foot campus was originally planned in phases as three buildings with Building One completed in Phase 1 with occupancy that began in June 2009. Buildings Two and Three were completed in 2010. With the success of the first building, a fourth building of 120,000 square feet was added onto the site in 2010.
The four-building complex provides space for approximately 4,500 individuals. The first building holds 1,700 seats on floors two through five in workstations, meeting rooms, and private offices. Building One also includes other programmatic spaces including labs, fitness room, graphics and reproduction departments, cafeteria, kitchen, food court, auditoriums, and private dining rooms.
As the client, Westinghouse asked for a “timeless” building design, but not necessarily traditional. The combination of the masonry and metal panels afforded many opportunities in the design.