INVISION was commissioned to design a new 143,000-square-foot facility constructed for company-wide training planned to cover a wide range of electrical and gas delivery programs. Located in rural Iowa, the facility needed to make a bold statement for the client, but also settle into the surrounding agricultural context.
The program called for specific guidelines for spaces including a 50-foot clearance in the Pole Training Arena for training on 40-foot poles configured for single-phase and three-phase overhead power lines. The design incorporates viewing portals into every lab or training arenas on the main level. The portals are trimmed in corporate red powder-coated steel plates to provide wayfinding queues, accent the space and act as a subtle nod to the brand. A common precept of the interior design includes deployment of corporate branding throughout the space to remind all employees of the Company’s Core Principles. A large break room placed near the front entry offers access to an enclosed patio for employees needing to step away and connect to nature via a glass overhead door.
The project is the pinnacle asset in the client’s portfolio and is an elegant and artistic architectural solution that uses the building itself as an educational device.