The RTI Headquarters at the existing RTP campus is a new symbol of the company’s mission and global initiatives. The architecture and site design blend elements of technology and the natural environment to create a new central hub for the 2,500 employees on the campus.
The six-story office building—the largest on the campus—features a variety of collaboration spaces for colleagues, visitors and business and university research partners including a collaboration center, a new cafeteria with outdoor garden seating and a 300-person multipurpose space. The ground and second floor levels are the most public and allow for impromptu encounters among colleagues and visitors.
Second floor collaboration and meeting spaces are open to everyone on campus. The heritage center highlights the institution’s history and achievements. A terrace overlooking RTI’s softball field and the landscape beyond encourages a connection to the outdoors for occupants. An adjacent, four-story parking structure provides approximately 650 spaces. The new headquarters building offers many amenities for staff and visitors while serving as a central gathering place for events and collaboration at RTI.
A central arrival plaza creates an identity for the campus and utilizes permeable pavers that cleanse stormwater prior to it flowing to the adjacent stormwater detention reservoir. A major rear terrace, used for dining, collaboration, and special events, is intricately integrated into a sustainable bio-retention area where water is cleansed with sustainable plantings.
Employees are immersed in the natural landscape they strive to protect in their daily work. In addition, a shade canopy created with solar PV cells provides shade while generating sustainable energy for the building.
Duda | Paine Architects
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