Murray Associates conducted the site selection process for the new corporate headquarters and computer center for Capital Blue Cross. We also provided the site master plan. Ultimately, Murray Associates designed the 300,000 square feet Phase I building, as well as the site development of the fifty acre tract.
This complex contains office functions, a central computer center, customer service areas, full service dining facilities with seating for 800, an in-house printing facility, and a warehouse operation.
The Phase I building, with a population of 1700 people, is a multi-story structure located on the high point of the site. The building has two main wings with an atrium at their juncture. A third wing contains an operations center with a separate identity that is integral with the building’s design. The building facade is composed of bands of horizontal brick, alternating with bands of glass. The building utilizes a center core lay-out based on the three story atrium. Executive offices populate portions of the exterior façade and ample amounts of natural light penetrate into the open plan work area. An under-floor power and data system allows maximum flexibility to quickly reconfigure staff areas to accommodate additional technology, staff, or entire departmental relocations.
Due to the vast amount of customer records, security is vital throughout the entire campus. Electronic locks, cameras, and other multiple layers of security are utilized to ensure compliance with the current state and federal laws. The interior design and functional systems contribute to the overall staff focused design.
The parking areas are arranged in small lots separated by landscaped green buffers. The landscaping concept, also developed by Murray Associates, includes a formal entrance with planting beds, formal and informal wooded areas, wildflower meadows and natural landscape.