Patterson Technology Center1201 Althoff Avenue
Effingham, IL 62401
Design Achievement - Patterson Technologies is a national company providing software solutions, equipment, and supplies to serve the dental health care profession. DLR Group's design of their new office building gives workers a flexible and sustainable work environment aligned with the company's brand of being a trusted partner to healthcare providers. Column-free spans of workspace from the core to the perimeter walls allow for changes in space layout over time, allowing the building to adapt to the company's changing needs. Main entrance, training rooms, and cafeteria are offset in plan to take advantage of views as well as to create a hinge point for future expansion aligned with the site's natural contours. Window placement and design immerses workers and visitors in daylight and views of the preserved birch forest and restorative landscaping.
Scope Summary - The scope of work encompassed design for 100,000 SF of new building serving 600 staff. Three stories house seven departments, as well as training and demonstration space. The envelope is a high-performance fiber-cement rain screen. Exterior materials reflect the technology ethos of Patterson while imparting richness through variegated color and texture. Diverse sustainable design strategies helped enable the project to earn LEED Silver certification. The building tucks into the natural slope of the site with bioswales to capture stormwater run-off, with additional landscaping including low-maintenance buffalo grass and native prairie plantings. Other green measures included building materials made of recycled content, occupancy sensors and daylight controls on light fixtures, and low flow plumbing fixtures (saving about 250,000 gallons of water every year). Additionally, fresh air is circulated in the building approximately every 6.5 hours. Exterior features include vegetation growth on the cafeteria roof to reduce heat and improve storm water collection; landscaping with plant material native to the area; a walking path around a pond that filters site storm drainage; and designated parking areas with charging stations reserved for fuel-efficient and electric vehicles. DLR Group provided architecture and interiors services in design-build delivery with S.M. Wilson.