Our projects are designed to create value, support work performance and deliver cost-effective solutions targeted to meet the clients’ goals. We do not have a house "style", but rather pride ourselves in creating project specific solutions for each client that reflects our client goals within the context of the region. Our clients come from diverse professional industries, allowing our firm to provide services on a wide variety of project types, including: Mixed-Use, Hospitality, Corporate Campus, Commercial Office, Interiors, Residential, Higher Education, Healthcare, Sports, Retail, Adaptive Re-Use/Renovation, and Planning & Urban Design.
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Successful corporate campus design springs from a thorough command of user requirements, blended with a flexible exit strategy. The iconic 10-story lantern element expresses NEC's dynamic corporate vision.
NEC America’s corporate headquarters is situated at the northwest corner of State Highway 114 and State Highway 161, and anchors the 82-acre master-planned Las Colinas Corporate Center. Comprised of two buildings totaling 525,000 square feet in Phase I, shell and interior design services were performed via a fast-track delivery method to meet the move-in requirements for NEC. The masterplan can ultimately support 1.05 million square feet. The nine-story, high-rise centerpiece of the campus contains the executive offices, standard open offices, and amenities such as a full-service cafeteria, fitness center, and executive briefing center, designed for product demo and sales. The adjacent "L" shaped mid-rise, composed of a five-story wing and a three-story wing, contains offices, testing labs, and a training center, as well as loading and mailroom facilities consistent with a large-campus development. The geometric massing of the buildings punctuated by "lantern" elements is the focus of the overall composition of the project. Conditioned connectors that help form the edges of a landscaped, sunken plaza achieve connectivity between the buildings and garage.
BOKA Powell was retained independently by Accor North America for the programming and design of their interior space and by Billingsley Corporation for the shell building design. The facility was designed to energize the corporate culture and work flow, by incorporating executive offices, conference centers, a cafeteria and outdoor break and eating areas. The shell building design incorporates layered wall elements and design features that enhance the character of its tilt-wall construction system.
The headquarters campus for Tenet Health Systems is comprised of a 16-story building that houses Tenet Healthcare and a 13-story building for allied vendors. Both buildings feature a dramatic two-story lobby detailed with wood and stone. The floor plates are deep and efficient with a compact core area. The 15th and 16th floors include a two-story executive lobby with a cascading staircase. The buildings are attached to the adjacent garage by a conditioned concourse level, with executive parking located on the basement level. BOKA Powell designed the faciltiy and provided construction documentation for the buildings for Hines Interests.
Daimler Chrysler selected BOKA Powell to design both the shell and interiors of their 130,000 square foot call center in Westlake,Texas. A part of Hillwood’s Circle T Development this tilt-wall building has an Austin Stone veneer, standing seam roofs and detailing to help soften the harshness of a typical tilt-wall office building. BOKA Powell worked closely with the City of Westlake to insure that the design responded to the city development code, creating a series of facade elements that works to break down the mass of the building. The building incorporates a trellis-covered patio adjacent to the cafeteria to accommodate lunch breaks and other gatherings. This design feature makes for an inviting employee entrance, as well as protecting against the sun from the south side. Masterplanned to accommodate an additional 100,000 sq. ft. expansion, the facility incorporates a two-level parking deck with a covered connection to the building.
BOKA Powell designed the new 80,000 SF Headquarter for Horizon Health on Lake Vista Drive in Lewisville, Texas. The site is located in the heart of a growing commercial corridor, along a picturesque lake front. The building diagram consists of two main wings of ofﬁce/tenant space ﬂanking a central lobby. The lobby extends through the entire width of the building, providing sweeping views of the lake beyond. Keeping the service cores to a minimum, the overall plan is conducive to both single-tenant and multi-tenant scenarios, providing long-term ﬂexibility for the owner. The exterior elevation is terminated at the four corners with full-height curtain wall, providing glass corner ofﬁces that maximize the views of the lake. Glass stair towers at each end allow natural light to penetrate into the building, encouraging the use of the stairs. The site landscaping concept includes an entry plaza, and strategically designed planting and walkways that connect to the existing jogging trails around the lake. The interior design focuses on connectivity and adjacencies within the different departments at Horizon Health Corporation. Amenities include an exterior patio overlooking the water, providing a relaxing space to eat and mingle. The materials and colors used throughout the interiors focus on bringing the calm and serenity of nature into the building.
UICI, a Dallas-based insurance company, wanted to add space to their existing facility. BOKA Powell designed the 128,000 square foot office building to compliment the existing facility and create a corporate campus feel. The site now features landscaped courtyards, a sculpture garden and an outdoor dining area. The two buildings are connected by an air-conditioned link that allows pedestrian access while maintaining the facility’s high security requirement. The building contains a 10,000 square foot data center that is mission-critical for UICI’s worldwide operations and was designed for the possibility of a high-wind event. UICI has experienced explosive growth and their greatest need was flexibility in their capacity to reorganize. The design solution yielded access flooring throughout the building and deep, open-column spacing for workstations.
The new headquarters campus for Southwest Corporate Federal Credit Union, located in the heart of Legacy Town Center in Plano, Texas, is designed to reflect the values and stability of this financial institution. Intended to be elegant without being opulent, the tilt wall building skin is layered with materials and elements that give the appearance of precast. The building is designed to maximize its visibility from the Dallas North Tollway while maintaining consistency with the surrounding campus buildings. BOKA Powell was retained by Southwest Corporate Federal Credit Union and Staubach for the building and interior design.
The new home of Mercedes-Benz Financial and Daimler Truck Financial is a 164,000 square foot, three-story, Class A office space, located in Roanoke, Texas. Built to suit at 13650 Heritage Parkway, in the AllianceTexas community, Michigan-based Daimler and Mercedes-Benz are the only occupying tenants of the new facility. Previously based in suburban Chicago, Daimler Truck Financial services is moving to the building, which includes space for the 550 current employees, and room for up to 800 total employees. Determined to shake up the buttoned-down image of traditional corporate offices, Daimler Financial gave BOKA Powell the design direction to create an environment that’s creative – a space to conduct business that’s fresh and cutting-edge. Through a partnership between the Financial companies and the art departments at Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University, the design is striking in color and style, presenting visitors with a veritable art gallery. The space currently features 80 works of art from more than 40 artists, in an exhibition entitled “Experiencing Perspectives.” BOKA Powell’s interior design stays with the contemporary, clean design that defines Mercedes-Benz automobiles and engineering. The end result is a space that complements the students’ work and produces a working environment that invokes imagination, creativity and collaboration.
Allstate Insurance Company’s 484,000 square foot Regional Operating Campus, which is located in Irving, Texas, consists of Administration, Data Center, Call Center and Output Processing/ Printing Facilities with a 446,000 square foot parking structure. Each building is designed to be competitive in the multi-tenant office market, enhancing Allstate’s flexibility as well as the overall value of the campus.
BOKA Powell was commissioned to design a new 31,000 SF medical office building in Plano, Texas. Located near Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, this two story shell office structure houses doctor groups who desire to own their office space rather than lease. The building is a contemporary architectural design located on a 3.4 acre site. Parking for 174 cars is provided. As well as doing the shell design, BOKA Powell has maintained involvement in the design and finish out of several doctor suites within the building. Construction was completed in the fall of 2003.
Spatial organization was the guiding principle to the design of Computer Associates’ Dallas office. The office consists of 130,000 s.f. of open plan space including dining room, training rooms and fitness center. An open ceiling plan was utilized to provide added height above the systems furnishings; this industrial look is carried throughout the space in detailing, furnishings and finishes including a custom designed cowskin laminate. A tightly organized block of core elements and accompanying circulation path establish continuity from floor to floor, set off by changes in color, finishes, and specific work environments.
The Bank of Dallas building has 665 parking spaces on six and a half levels of below grade parking. The parking structure is mechanically ventilated and has perimter and sub-slab drainage with sump pit tied to emergency power.
The design of this new Regional Headquarters and Call Center required detailed programming and a highly creative design response to satisfy the complex set of technologic and business requirements of our client. The facility houses a computer center that utilizes the most advanced fiberoptic technology. In addition to providing for their current facility’s needs, we designed an office environment that has built-in flexibility to allow their organization to change in response to changes in their business. To achieve workstation flexibility, the design team developed a new monitoring workstation the same size as Brinks’ existing stations, yet with twice the work surface area. With changes to the work tools and work surfaces, their workstations can be quickly reconfigured to support a range of activities. We also provided much needed teaming areas that enhance interaction and employee communication. The call monitoring facility successfully portrays a pleasant, user-friendly environment within the context of a technologically sophisticated facility. Responding to the client’s desire for an “exit strategy,” we designed and configured the building with wide market appeal for a range of users should Brinks decide to sell or lease the facility in the future.The design of this new Regional Headquarters and Call Center required detailed programming and a highly creative design response to satisfy the complex set of technologic and business requirements of our client. The facility houses a computer center that utilizes the most advanced fiberoptic technology. In addition to providing for their current facility’s needs, we designed an office environment that has built-in flexibility to allow their organization to change in response to changes in their business. To achieve workstation flexibility, the design team developed a new monitoring workstation the same size as Brinks’ existing stations, yet with twice the work surface area. With changes to the work tools and work surfaces, their workstations can be quickly reconfigured to support a range of activities. We also provided much needed teaming areas that enhance interaction and employee communication. The call monitoring facility successfully portrays a pleasant, user-friendly environment within the context of a technologically sophisticated facility. Responding to the client’s desire for an “exit strategy,” we designed and configured the building with wide market appeal for a range of users should Brinks decide to sell or lease the facility in the future.
This existing corporate campus was replanned to accomodate a multi-tenant mix, and redeveloped with new lobby and public area spaces, exterior and landscape upgrades, as well as new MEP systems. In addition, BOKA Powell designed a new 474,810 SF parking garage on-site to flexibly accomodate the leasing strategy. Client: Behringer Harvard
BOKA Powell designed this 130,780 sf shell building in Las Colinas, Texas for Cigna as part of a developer team. The floor plate of the building is designed to maximize useable square footage and allow for flexibility in making future modifications to the space. The unique exterior skin system features an exposed structural system, which eliminated the need for precast fabrication and delivery and allowed the building to be developed on a very fast track. Functions including R & D labs, software labs, testing labs, a training center, data center, machine shop, and general office functions. Departmental adjacencies were organized to synergize the company’s business model by fostering an interactive atmosphere that encourages collaborative problem solving. The spaces were designed in a collaborative effort with both the corporate leadership, as well as users of the space, with the goal of creating a timeless and sophisticated space that would meet strict budget and scheduling requirements. Concurrently, BOKA Powell was contracted directly by Cigna to create Interior Construction Documents, based on a space plan provided by Cigna’s in-house interior design team. BOKA Powell worked closely with Cigna and the developer to ensure that the shell building and interiors worked together to maximize efficiency and value for the project as a whole.
BOKA Powell provided design services for the shell building developer Carr America while simultaneously providing programming and interior design services for the new DGI Technologies’ Corporate Headquarters.
Master Planning for the Remote Support Area (RSA) included six different support and service operations on a 32-acre site. Located at D/FW International Airport, the RSA facilitates relocation and expansion of Mail Sort, Cabin Service, Stores, Cargo, Ground Support Equipment, and Aircraft De-icing Operations. The three building, 300,000 s.f. complex is linked to the Terminal Building aircraft apron by a private three lane vehicle service road. This prominent location along International Parkway and south of the Delta Terminal establishes the RSA as the south gateway to the Delta Air Lines D/FW complex. A 30° building orientation responds to various on-site and off-site influences and maximizes the usable area of the unusual site configuration. Building locations create an interface between public areas and the secured aircraft operations area while promoting the special public function of the Cargo building. Building massing is straight-forward and economical for the 26-foot clear height material and vehicle operation areas. Buff colored concrete panels, compatible with the D/FW Terminal Building aesthetic, are used to form the primary building envelope. A gray concrete wainscot treatment distinguishes the active AOA-secured area from public areas. Second-level gray glass and aluminum window walls identify the office and break room areas. White-colored insulated metal panels clad the entry towers, help to screen rooftop equipment, and signify the more industrial nature of these non-passenger facilities. Texas Society of Architects Design Award Dallas Chapter AIA Honor Award
The new regional headquarters for DynCorp International sits on a 9.06 acre site in the Alliance Airport business park north of Fort Worth. The building is a double wing 62,500 square foot plate in two stories, totaling 125,000 square feet of office. It is surrounded by 480 surface parking spaces, providing a parking ratio of 4 spaces per 1000 square feet of building space. Constructed primarily of site cast tilt wall concrete panels and glass, the building is conceived as a grouping of smaller dissimilar parts, creating a village effect. This approach reduces the scale of the large exterior facades, and creates a varied character to the building. The two wings wrap a central double height entry lobby, which acts as the town square in the village metaphor. This main lobby provides the entry points to various office divisions, and houses the building's passenger elevator. The sky lit double volume past the elevator enclosure invites the occupant to discover the stair leading to the second floor bridge connecting the two upper wings.
BOKA Powell recently completed this state of the art Administrative Office and Distribution facility for Mary Kay Inc., designing the interiors directly for Mary Kay while delivering the shell building as part of a development team. The result was a functional and efficient building that meets Mary Kay Inc.’s requirements for improved functional efficiency and reduced operating cost, while establishing a strong visual presence within in the surrounding community. At the same time, BOKA Powell delivered a shell building to the developer that will retain long-term value and flexibility within the marketplace. The facility closely integrates automated packing and shipping systems with related management personnel, minimizing walk distances and increasing connectivity between critical operations. The key to the success of the project was in creating the right adjacencies and work flows between Public/Product Sales Associate areas, Office Areas and Product Distribution functions. This included a unique 3-lane covered drive-through area utilized by the Client’s vast Sales Force for convenient product pick-up. In the warehouse portion of the project, BOKA Powell worked closely with the Client’s packaging, racking and conveying system consultants to insure that the interior design elements and MEP systems coordinated with these critical systems. Working with, as opposed to against, the site irregularities resulted in a functional and efficient building that meets and exceeds Mary Kay Inc.’s program requirements while providing a strong visual presence in the surrounding business community.
Micrografx, Inc., a leading graphics software developer, desired to create a headquarters facility that would support a new direction in their business plan. Product teams had replaced their departments, and discreet enclaves of specialists have given way to an environment that supports collaboration and interaction. The company’s ability to maintain its leadership position depends on the energy and creativity of the industry’s best and brightest young software engineers. The need to attract and retain talented people was a key design consideration. The interior of the two-story, 93,000 square foot concrete and glass building features open-web steel joists and an exposed MEP infrastructure that creates the airy feeling of an artist’s loft. The u-shaped plan has its core elements at the building perimeter to allow product teams to expand and contract freely with changes in the business. The three wings of the plan are organized around a two-and-a-half-story, circular, glass-enclosed "common" that fronts a shaded courtyard and outdoor recreation space. A massive two-story concrete arcade stands guard around the blue crystalline enclosure of the commons, acting as both a visual foil and an effective shading device. The arcade marches from the outdoors into the building, completely surrounding and defining the commons.
Thomson Consumer Electronics, the parent company of RCA’s corporate campus located in Carmel, Indiana, houses administrative functions, research and development, training and classroom areas, and a museum of RCA’s product history. Michael Graves was commissioned to create a global corporate image, to be conveyed through the exterior architectural elements, facade treatments, and the central rotunda. BOKA Powell supported Mr. Graves’ vision for the project, integrating his vision with the functional requirements for RCA, as masterplanned and developed by BOKA Powell. BOKA Powell, upon integrating the design work of Mr. Graves, completed the construction documents and served as the Architect of Record for the project. The administrative building is 220,000 SF with an adjoining Research and Development building totaling 250,000 SF.
The International Association of Assembly Managers’ Headquarters in Coppell, Texas, is a two-story, 40,000 gross square foot shell office building on a 4.37 acre site with a surface parking lot for approximately 160 cars. BOKA Powell was selected to design the shell and interior of this headquarters facility. The design proposes a composite steel structure on the second floor with a bar joist roof. The foundation is a concrete slab on grade. Painted, articulated, site-cast concrete panels comprise most of the building’s exterior skin with a featured curtainwall glazing system in the entry and conference center. The interior building finish-out included IAAM offices and public areas.