Murphy USA Headquarters200 Peach Street
El Dorado, AR 71730
Design Achievement - The complete interior renovation of Murphy USA’s existing headquarters seizes on the notion that the physical work environment can impact business success. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky’s team studied the existing layout and fundamental geometries to identify underutilized space, and harvest it to increase collaboration. With existing vertical circulation at the four corners of the facility, the central atrium had previously been relegated to a walk-through. Now, it has been activated as an expansive collaborative core. Views and natural light are opened to adjacent office and work spaces. A figural three-story volume now perches above the atrium void, with conference rooms that draw people in to populate the space. An articulated pergola visually shields collaborative spaces along the perimeter of the atrium from people above, enhancing comfort and dispelling the previous notion of being watched over. The material and color palette is inspired by Murphy’s automotive fueling business: oily blacks with pops of color based on classic racing cars. The existing northern patio, another previously under-utilized space, connects to a newly landscaped pedestrian path, improving connection between the headquarters and a satellite site. An expansive glass and steel canopy covers and shades the path and patio, functioning as a signal of entry and circulation guide.
Scope Summary - The existing four-story facility – originally designed in 1982 in the Brutalist style and never renovated prior to now – is situated on a five-acre site. The 135,000-SF renovation includes redistribution of all current Murphy USA departments, a "trading floor," a vendor demonstration area, and a prototype retail store. Updated amenity spaces for the 400-to-500 employees include an expanded dining area, training rooms, conference and teaming spaces, and a covered exterior patio. The interior and exterior articulated pergolas were designed and modeled parametrically in-house, with close fabricator collaboration during construction. A testament to the client’s interest in getting the details just right, the transformation spanned three years from kickoff to operations, and included significant materials research and testing during the construction administration phase. Construction took place in three phases to align with the relocation of Murphy Oil departments to other campus facilities. The project was designed to a LEED NC target. DLR Group|WRL provided architecture, interior design, SMEP engineering, IT/Security/Telecom, fire protection, lighting design, and environmental graphics.
DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.
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