The new 2 story 28,000sf addition will triple the headquarter’s size and further expand the services the Association provides to all the Commonwealth’s Counties. Over the last several years, this agency has begun to provide technology support through web services, on-site and streaming training, customer service, and other on-line technology based services. This assistance provides expanded services that are more comprehensive, cost effective, and integrated with the latest technology.
Due to the large numbers of visitors and the highly confidential content of both physical and electronic data, our design incorporated specific “zones” to separate the public away from the file and server areas of the building. The size of their data center and the IT staff has tripled as a result of their expanded list of services. New technology has been integrated throughout the addition in both the extended server room housing additional servers and switches. It receives emergency power through a generator, also provides a level of redundancy on site and cloud based network.
The existing IT Suite was completely redesigned utilizing a more flexible open plan layout where furniture can be quickly reconfigured and staff can complete intensive, heads down tasks or use the more open collaborative spaces. The new addition also houses offices, conference rooms, collaborative, semi-private and private work areas, and a new training center that can be divided into 4 smaller spaces. The new addition has been designed to be respectful of the single story exiting building while being mindful the 2 story addition utilizing brick masonry details with increased R-value and high performance windows.