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  PQH/Vargas Corporate Office Building Pg. 68PQH/Vargas Corporate Office Building
PGH/Vargas Architects/Engineers, 4141 Southpoint Drive East, #200, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Jacksonville, Florida
Total Square Feet: 23,650
Construction Period: May 1998 to Sept 1999

Construction Team
General Contractor: Summit Contractors - 6877 Philips Industrial Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256
Structural Engineer: McVeigh and Mangum Engineering, Inc. - 9250 Cypress Green Dr., #202, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Powell and Hinkle Engineers - 2105 Park Avenue, #10, Orange Park, FL 32073 
Civil Consulting Engineer: Eisman and Russo Engineers - 6455 Powers Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32217
Landscape Architect: Landers-Atkins Planners, Inc. - 201 North Hogan St., #400, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Cost Estimator: Jose M. Perez, AIA, of PQH/Vargas - 4141 Southpoint Dr. East, #200, Jacksonville, FL 32216

The challenge of designing one's own corporate headquarters represented a unique opportunity for the principals of PQH/Vargas. Set in a prestigious 332-acre master planned office park, these innovative designers were bound by the requirements of the park's management group. The requisite exterior materials for this section of the former dairy farm pasture were red brick, green metal roof and white trimmed metal windows. Most of the buildings in the area have ribbon-type windows and sloped metal roofs that convey a homogenous residential type scale with no definitive architectural character or identity. The program for this project called for a 25,000-square-foot, two-story building. The owner wanted 10,000 square feet to house their headquarter facilities plus room to grow in the future. The property has a drainage easement in the middle of the site and is bounded by jurisdictional wetlands in the north. These parameters as well as the development's building setbacks, the building location, size and footprint became fixed elements.

The architectural objective was to create an inventive and engaging building with strong curb appeal. The wooded area served as a dramatic backdrop to the design departure. The exterior surface of the building was articulated to reflect changes in program by the use of contrasting material and volumeric shapes within the facade. The principle spaces in the building required being located at or near the corners of the building, enhancing the opportunity to express them as part of the building form. Each corner of the building is expressed differently. The main entrance is an imposing two-story space with slanted full height glass panels cradling a hallowed cube cut at a diagonal at the location of the front door. The lobby interior is further enhanced by amber and green geometric Italian tile. The opposite corner is a square-shaped room that projects out of the main facade and is separated from it by two slanted glass saddle panels setting it apart from the rest of the building. The other corner houses meeting rooms with one at the narrow tip of the building having an arrow-shaped profile accentuated by a two-story aluminum and glass curtainwall that makes this room transparent to the exterior. Indirect pendant linear light fixtures illuminate the workspaces.

By resonating the creative talent within, the structure more than satisfied the architectural objective. Interior spaces are efficiently laid out and encourage collaboration among the architects and engineers. The building conveys a strong corporate image and fulfills the programmatic requirements. Clients are greeted by the powerful reflection of the blue Floridian skies, punctuated only by occasional cirrus.

Exterior Walls - Waterproofing: ChemRex, Inc.; Glass: Visteon; Wood & Plastic Doors: Marshfield DoorSystems.
Roof - Membrane: Siplast.
Floors - Carpet: Bigelow; Tile: Dal-Tile.
Interior Walls - Toilet & Bath Accessories: American Standard.Hardware: Corbin Russwin.
Elevators - KONE.


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