SEP (Software Engineering Professionals) is a local software company with a national footprint. When faced with the challenge of creating a new “forever home” for their headquarters, SEP and Pure Development turned to CSO. The design team worked with key stakeholders to capture the essence of SEP and marry it with the natural environment of the site. Key architectural features, such as the random rhythm of the façade’s vertical lines, mimic the complexity, order and rhythms found in nature. The rhythm also contributes in specific ways to the interior environment – enhancing collaborative spaces, piquing curiosity, and inspiring ingenuity. The natural assets of the site are leveraged through the strategic placement of interior walls, the framing of views, and the selection of an intentionally restrained material palette.
SEP’s unique brand is on display throughout the design. Designers found inspiration and drew a connection between the view-accenting architecture and the company’s preferred style of work: scrum. In this approach, employees apply large numbers of post-its to walls. The shape of a post-it on a wall mimicked the shape of the building footprint, and designers used this connection to influence key design features. Upon arrival visitors will notice an artful series of back-lit metal tabs peeling from a feature wall. This artistic expression pays homage to the scrum process while serving as a subtle branding component. The design team further embraced the holistic design approach by crafting one of a kind furniture pieces from timbers sourced from the SEP site.
The unapologetic blend of nature and technology is evident within the new SEP headquarters. Today’s technology infuses a sense of hustle, and SEP challenged this notion by embracing a more tranquil environment that fosters collaboration and nurtures new ideas.
Located in Purdue University’s Discovery Park, this advanced manufacturing facility will support production of the U.S. Air Force’s T-X jet trainer and will be SAAB’s flagship design and manufacturing presence in the US. The facility includes a 27,000 square foot corporate office with a 3,000 square foot lobby with a 1/3 scale model of the TX fighter, plus meeting/collaboration spaces, locker rooms, generous break areas and (2) trellised outdoor patios. The 87,000 square foot manufacturing area includes receiving, parts storage, subassembly, final assembly, and shipping areas with (5) beam cranes and specialized power, vacuum and compressed air systems to support the manufacturing jigs.
707 S. Forest is a 20-story apartment tower within the vibrant downtown setting of Tempe, Arizona, immediately adjacent to the urban campus of Arizona State University. As one of the only cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area that is landlocked by neighboring municipalities, Tempe has avoided the region’s characteristic sprawl and has instead pursued growth by enthusiastically embracing increasing density and taller developments.
The building’s base contributes to the energetic downtown environment with nearly fully glazed elevations along the public streets and a canopy that lends protective shade in the 110-degree summers. The mid-level parking decks are screened with a visually cooling blend of blues and silvers. Likewise, the building’s external color palette is drawn from a range of lighter grays and off-whites, not so bright as to be reflective, but light enough to effectively deal with intense solar radiation. Wood and metal provide accents at areas of close pedestrian contact. As a contributing member of the growing Tempe skyline, the building is capped by a lighted trellis/cornice feature.
Leasing, amenities, and 5,000 s.f. of retail space occupy the first floor, with 5-levels of parking garage above. Levels 6-19 are apartment floors with 252 units, arranged in an H-Shape plan configuration, with courtyards facing east and west. These 6th floor courtyards offer intimate outdoor spaces for residents. A variety of amenities occur at the 20th floor, including a pool, hot tub, covered terraces, and an indoor lounge and fitness area. All of these spaces are afforded sweeping vistas of the city beyond, most notably a great view of Hayden Butte, a 330’ tall volcanic uplift and popular hiking destination, a few blocks to the north. Hayden Butte is home to 1,000 year old petroglyphs, along with the signature 60’ tall letter “A” belonging to the University.
The design of this new middle school building reflects the district’s ongoing commitment to provide flexible, adaptable spaces while prioritizing collaboration and sustainability.
Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) identified the need to replace the aging Tri-North Middle School. CSO and BrainSpaces, an expert in brain-based educational planning and design, led a visioning and programming process that enabled CSO to design a new building tailored to the specific needs and vision of Tri-North students, teachers, and administrators.
The building layout utilizes next generation learning elements including an open media center, collaboration spaces, and small group rooms throughout the building. Teachers and administrators expressed the need for spaces to be flexible and adaptable to a rapidly changing educational world. CSO’s design addresses the need for flexibility by implementing features such as the use of operable theater seating in the Performance / Large Group Instruction space, operable partitions in Science and STEM labs, and spaces that are planned to facilitate the use of both departmental and interdisciplinary teaching models.
MCCSC also emphasized the need for sustainable design considerations which were implemented with plans for a geothermal system, solar array on the gym roof, and use of local materials and native plants. The leadership of MCCSC is excited for the New Tri-North Middle School to be the crown jewel for this Bloomington community.
Located just north of Monument Circle, this commercial high-rise will set a new standard for mixed use development in downtown Indianapolis. This exciting update to an existing building in downtown Indianapolis includes a new primary entrance for businesses and residents of the building. The new entry facade will be constructed of ultra-clear structural glass. The project includes designs for an updated lobby, the addition of a leasing office, and new first-floor retail space. Also included in the project are plans for developing sixteen floors of residential space and amenities including rooftop terraces and a rooftop pool.
16 Tech is an innovation district encompassing 50 acres adjacent to downtown Indianapolis and is part of a larger 250-acre technology park designated by the City of Indianapolis. Located near the economic, academic, medical, and research hubs of the city and region, Building 2 in 16 Tech is designed for state-of-the-art connectivity and innovation. In keeping with the vision for the district, the building will accommodate tenants focused on research and innovation, while also providing street-level common areas and retail spaces. The building is located and designed to overlook 16 Tech’s future central green, provide a view of downtown Indianapolis, and offer convenient access to all that the park has to offer.
Ball State University’s Education Living Learning Community will provide a new home for over 500 students. Located in the North Neighborhood Development of campus, the building is comprised of two residence towers, containing a community of 250 students per tower. Student rooms are mostly double configuration, with a mix of single and ADA compliant rooms per wing. Each floor contains approximately 27 rooms, including one Resident Assistant room. Bathroom facilities are arranged in four groups per typical floor, containing shared lavatory space and private toilet/shower compartments. Each residential floor of each tower has a dedicated lounge and kitchen space.
A central connector between each tower houses shared facilities such as laundry, group study, lounge, fitness center, mail, and administrative office spaces. Included in this two-story connector is a large multi-purpose room for the community, as well as designated Living-Learning maker spaces for Education. This connector acts as the main entry to the complex.
Through collaboration of the Vigo City and County governments, as well as the Vigo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Terre Haute Convention Center project is taking shape in order to promote positive, long-term economic and fiscal health and the growth of Vigo County.
The project scope involves a new, 40,000 sf convention center with 18,000 sf of meeting space and 22,000 sf of support space. A 12,000 sf ballroom will hold up to 900 people. The project will also include 650 parking spaces in two parking structures and is proposed to be connected to existing and future hotels on site.
CSO is working with the University of Louisville to design two new residence halls to replace Threlkeld and Miller Halls. In order to maintain enough housing to meet the University’s current needs, the 5-story, 452-bed buildings will be constructed in two phases. For the purpose of efficiency, floor plans for each phase are similar and include traditional-style double- and single-bedroom units arranged around a group of private-use bathrooms.
The buildings are designed to maximize the use of exterior spaces and to engage the students in active areas of living and learning. Amenities for each new facility will include a large multi-purpose room, collaboration spaces, a recreation/game room, a community kitchen, and multiple student lounges. As Design Architect on the project, CSO teamed with JRA Architects, of Louisville, as the architect of record for the project.
Growing enrollment and an increased demand for space to accommodate the district’s athletic programs led to the need for a new multipurpose stadium. This new facility will eliminate Noblesville’s issues of overcrowding at the district’s current stadium. The facility includes 50-percent more seating than the district’s current stadium along with locker rooms, practice fields, athletic training space, concessions, and restrooms. The stadium will be equipped with enhanced lighting and broadcast technology capabilities.