Det Norske Veritas
DNV (Det Norske Veritas), founded in Norway in 1864, is a global provider of risk management services with 300 offices in 100 countries. Ziegler Cooper Architects was contracted to provide interior architectural design services for the relocation of their Houston office from Park 10 Place to a build to suit project located on 7 acres in the Westside Office Park in Katy, Texas. The building core and shell and the corporate interior are both LEED CI Gold Certified. The clean, contemporary design of the building was developed as a backdrop for the interior design concept of creating a progressive new image for DNV through enhanced collaboration, functionality, a strong use of color and integrated technology.
The building is a 2 story structure; the floor plans are the shape of two offset rectangles connected by a double height volume that contains the building entry, elevators and a monumental staircase. Level 1 is planned with client-ready areas, such as reception, a conference center with consolidated conference rooms and a large flexible multi-purpose room. A secured HR Suite and the company break room are also planned on Level 1. The north half of Level 1, and all of Level 2, are general office areas which accommodate a variety of business units, often with unique work processes that required careful attention to acoustics workstation design. The planning model is 90% open plan, in keeping with fostering collaboration and maximizing light and view for LEED.
A lively, finish palette of colorful upholsteries and carpet tiles is balanced with an off-white general office color. Open café-style coffee bars are placed throughout the space, each a different accent color to provide visual interest and way finding in the large floor plans. All new furnishings were provided for personal workspaces, conference rooms and other client-ready areas.
ACHIEVED LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION
Scope of Services:
Interior Design Services