United Shore Financial (USF) was looking to relocate their corporate headquarters to a facility that would accommodate their “work hard, play hard” culture as well as their growing number of employees. IDS was initially tasked with assisting USF with the selection of a new site for their corporate campus. Three different locations were researched before the decision was made to proceed with the purchase of a 600,000 sq. ft. existing office building.
IDS has been challenged with completing facility condition analyses, space planning, test fits, conceptual design and cost analysis for the latest and final location after successfully assisting in the processes for the previous two site locations. This process has resulted in the determination to begin a 570,000 sq. ft. renovation that will satisfy the need for more space, while maintaining a cohesive and collaborative workplace for up to 5,000 employees.
USF desired to create an environment where staff could work effectively and efficiently, while also providing leisure and active spaces both indoors and out on their corporate campus. Walking trails, an outdoor plaza, and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts provide spaces for employees to meet, collaborate and socialize. Indoor amenities include game rooms, full service cafeteria, in-house physicians offices, fitness center and Starbucks.
The project team was challenged with an expedited project schedule that consisted of six months for design and six months for construction. Design kicked off in June of 2017 with all employees moving in by September 2018.