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  Weaver Cooke Construction Headquarters
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Weaver Cooke Construction, LLC
8401 Key Boulevard, Greensboro, NC 27409

LOCATION: Greensboro, North Carolina
DATE NEG: May 2006
Construction Period: May 2006 to Jan 2007
Total Square Feet: 15,464 Site: 3 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Building Size: First floor, 15,464,
Building Height: First floor, 26’; total, 26’. 
Basic Construction Type: Tilt-Up/New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Tilt-up, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

ARCHITECT: Calloway Johnson Moore & West, P.A. - 119 Brookstown Avenue, #100, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Calloway Johnson Moore & West, P.A. - 119 Brookstown Avenue, #100, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Johnson#s Modern Electric Company, Inc. - 6629 Old U.S. 421 Highway, East Bend, NC 27018
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Superior Mechanical - P.O. Box 877, Randleman, NC 27317
INTERIOR DESIGN: Small Kane Architects, P.A. - 3105 Glenwood Avenue, #100, Raleigh, NC 27612

Weaver Cooke Construction's corporate headquarters building is the embodiment of the company's progressive environmental philosophy and its passion for art. The company, which recently dedicated itself to becoming a leader in green construction, wanted a headquarters that not only expressed this new mission, but that also highlights the aesthetic qualities inherent in different construction techniques. 

A significant segment of Weaver Cooke's work consists of the renovation and adaptive re-use of old mill buildings throughout the southeast. The co-mingling of past and present that is a part of much of Weaver Cooke's work is echoed in the design of the new headquarters at all scales-from the form of the building itself down to the detailing of individual parts. 

The building is organized around a light-filled, wedge-shaped central gallery in which the company's extensive art collection is displayed. The roof line combines the sawtooth skylighting of old mill buildings with a forceful sloping plane. The materials used - exposed wood, steel, and concrete - bring a strong sense of materiality to the gallery; texture, surface, and detailing are as much on display as the art. Two office wings flank the gallery; corridors flooded with natural light create a vibrant working environment. 

Weaver Cooke Construction's progressive environmental philosophy ensured that sustainability was a key factor in the design of every space within the building. The structure's transparency, high floor-to-ceiling relationship, interior corridor glazing, and skylights allow everyone in the building, regardless of location, to feel connected to the outside. The building is sited to take maximum advantage of natural daylighting; exterior sunshading devices control glare. Landscaping and high reflectance surfaces reduce heat gain. Individual lighting and zoned temperature controls conserve energy and allow employees control over their environment. Low flow fixtures and the use of indigenous vegetation that requires no irrigation resulted in a substantial reduction in water use. Much of the construction debris was recycled rather than sent to the landfill and many of the building's materials have a high-recycled content. Regionally manufactured and extracted materials were used and the building itself has an area dedicated for the storage and collection of recyclables.

The Weaver Cooke Construction Company Corporate Headquarters is a physical statement that reinforces the ideals and goals of the company. The building embodies Weaver Cooke's dedication to sustainability while expressing the company's passion for both artistic and tectonic beauty. 

DIV. 3: Building Insulation System: THERMOMASS®.
DIV. 7: Membrane Roof: Firestone.
DIV. 8: Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America; Windows: Lincoln; Sunscreens: Peachtree Protective Covers.
DIV. 9: Carpet: Shaw, Interface.

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