The design process began with an extended visioning exercise with DTNA’s “Mod Squad”—a cross-section of younger employees responsible for steering the culture in order to attract and retain the best talent. Over a six-week period, the team listened and helped identify the essence of DTNA, as well as what sets it apart from its global partner, Daimler Corporation. The result is a building shaped by the needs of the people who use it and a redefinition of a corporate culture.
Inspired by these employee interviews, Ankrom Moisan’s team designed one of the most compelling aspects of the project: a lobby space built to accommodate and showcase vehicles from DTNA’s fleet. This concept was driven by employees acknowledging that they felt disconnected from Daimler’s final product. By creating a lobby space that serves as a stage for the trucks, the team aimed to inspire employees by reminding them of the quality products they help create.
Designed from the inside out, the workplace interiors drove the architecture; the building’s depth and orientation allow for the best views and daylighting. Solid walls are perpendicular to the unitized curtain wall and terra cotta exterior system, and an off–set core allowed the team to fit more workstations along the river–facing windows. Closed rooms are placed in the center of the floor plate to avoid blocking sunlight and views to the outside. Internal departments at the company are large, often spanning two floors. So, we designed an open, interconnected stairway on every floor to keep them linked together. Large covered outdoor spaces at the ground floor dining area blur the lines of indoor and out to create visual and physical connections to the surrounding natural landscape.
Seamlessly integrating technology and innovation while maintaining a commitment to the highest level of sustainability, the new Headquarters for Daimler Trucks North America promotes the health, well-being, and longevity of both its occupants and the environment. The LEED Platinum building is anticipated to produce 67% less carbon than the average U.S. office building. In addition to its orientation, the headquarters has many sustainable features that capitalize on natural light and energy produced by sun. Photovoltaic systems and solar thermal hot water heaters directly convert the sun’s rays into energy, while the interior layouts, chilled sails, radiant floors, and passive mechanical systems optimize daylighting to lessen the use of electric lighting and enhance the overall efficiency of the building.
A 40% reduction in water use (or 800,000 gallons/year) is achieved using low flow plumbing fixtures. The irrigation water savings is 320,000 gallons per year or a 60% savings from a typical baseline case. Landscaping and a greenway path provide a natural route for storm water to enter the Willamette River watershed, so only surface parking lot storm water is directed to conventional city sewer infrastructure for treatment.
Daimler achieved something only 1% of office buildings nationwide can claim: An Energy Star score of 99 out of 100.