Arizona desert hosts world's largest 'net zero energy' building
Inside, SmithGroupJJR attempted to design a “workplace of the future” environment, where employees share a common, open work environment void of enclosed, private offices. On-site amenities include a gym complete with men’s and women’s showers, a "Zen room" for quiet breaks and an 18-foot wine bar. A kitchen with café and two green-screened outside courtyards provide additional breakout venues. Video conferencing rooms, a learning lab, and a glass-walled "innovation room" with whiteboards and reconfigurable furniture encourage collaboration and teamwork. Rolling, glazed, garage-style doors can be raised to join the inside offices with an outside courtyard.
Since its completion in October 2011, DPR has hosted gatherings and meetings for a range of businesses and non-profit organizations. The company shares its building and the lessons that were learned during design and construction with audiences that include professional organizations, public and private programs and school children of all ages.
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