St. Charles, IL
Located in St. Charles, Illinois, this corporate headquarters, training and research facility overlooks a restored prairie. The open office layout includes private break-out enclaves, conference areas, and and is supported by a full kitchen and research laboratories.
Reflecting Clarke’s environmental mission, the design had to respect the past’s stability while embracing progressive practices. It was essential to develop an inspiring space which supported collaboration, technological advances and international connections while maintaining a flexible, amenable atmosphere. This contrast of innovation and tradition was the foundation for synergy.
The building is oriented in an east-west orientation to invite daylight and offer maximum solar exposure for a 100 KW solar array.
During demolition and resotoration, great pains were taken to creatively reuse or reconstitute existing materials underscoring the importance of preserving embodied energy. Even electric charging stations were installed for an expanding fleet of EVs.