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Seaholm Power Plant Offices, athenahealth, Inc.

Austin, TX

Commissioned by: athenahealth, Inc.

Scope: Adaptive reuse/renovation of 34,000 sf of office space for Phase 1, accommodating 70 employees with the flexibility to grow; meeting rooms, open workstations, food service, social and recreational spaces, conference rooms, auditoriums, IT integration.

Charles Rose Architects adaptively reused a former industrial building, the Seaholm Power Plant, for athenahealth Inc.’s new offices—an IT company that provides cloud-based services for electronic health records, medical billing, and patient engagement. The interior design and architectural interventions were inspired by the Art Deco structure and the era’s iconic advertising posters. With 70 employees and rapid, projected growth, the space employs flexible design strategies throughout.

Turbine Hall—the large, central space— provides a “field” for open workstations and glass meeting rooms. These glass meeting spaces, known as “huddle rooms,” are capped with colorful, faceted roofs that punctuate the length of the vast space with the company’s brand colors. Integrating forward-looking information technology was central to the design but also the inclusion of historic artifacts, celebrating the building’s roots.

The company’s work methodology centers on collaboration; the design provides a variety of spaces and tools that support as well as engender interaction and exchange. Different meeting spaces, technological devices, and surfaces—like writable walls—allow for planned forums as much as impromptu discussions.

 

Awards
American Institute of Architects Austin, Design Award
Austin Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate Award
Building Design + Construction, Gold Reconstruction Award
Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, Urban Light Award
Engineering News Record Texas & Louisiana, Top Texas Starts
Preservation Austin, Merit Award for Rehabilitation
Society of American Registered Architects New York, Design Honor Award
Urban Land Institute Austin, Influence Impact Award

Collaborators
Consulting Architect: STG Design
Preservation Architect: Clayton & Little
MEP Engineer: Bay and Associates
Structural Engineer: Structures + Haynes Whaley
Contractor:  Flintco LLC

 

Photographer: Casey Dunn