Occupying floors two through seven, LoyaltyOne’s new space is extremely modern, employing such design concepts as high-end millwork and, a custom stairwell connecting the second and third floors that doubles as a seating area.
This notable area wasn’t without its challenges. To build the internal staircase, we had to close down Berkeley Street to hoist steel up to the third-floor terrace. We were also required to complete a smoke evacuation test—a life-safety procedure that tested the mechanical equipment on floors two and three for their ability to compartmentalize and contain smoke to a single floor should there be a fire. This was a crucial test since the third floor is home to LoyaltyOne’s full-service cafeteria and terrace, complete with a BBQ and dining amenities. There are also terraces on floors four, six, and seven.
A high-tech workplace was also important to LoyaltyOne and the overall design. The extensive tech presence extends throughout multiple boardrooms that offer teleconferencing capabilities, including the multi-purpose conference and training center on the seventh floor. This complex AV system is supported by a LAN room on each floor.
Govan Brown also succeeded in helping LoyaltyOne reach LEED Platinum certification by achieving a 78% recycle rate by the end of the construction process. In addition to recycling our materials, we also used regionally manufactured materials; employed low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and varnishes; used FSC products; implemented a Lutron light control system; and installed low-flow kits for all their water faucets.