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Buckner Companies Headquarters / Weinstein Friedlein Architects

  • 01:00 - 15 May, 2011
Buckner Companies Headquarters / Weinstein Friedlein Architects
Buckner Companies Headquarters / Weinstein Friedlein Architects, © James West
© James West

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Graham, NC, United States
  • Architects

    Weinstein Friedlein Architects
  • Collaborators

     Stewart Engineering, Raleigh, Structural Engineers, Romeo Guest Construction, Durham, General Contractor, Buckner Steel Erection, Graham
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. The new headquarters for a nationwide crane leasing and steel erection business was a long-contemplated update to a venerable, family-run enterprise. Business was good and growing, but existing space was cramped and poorly arranged, and increasing competition demanded better teamwork. The owners turned need into opportunity. The Buckner Companies’ headquarters in central North Carolina is a showplace for the steel erector’s trade, a study in material salvage and reuse, and a model collaborative work environment.

© James West
© James West

The new building took form around the notion of surrounding a double height space with the offices of project managers and administrative staff, creating vertical, visual connection. The project added 15,000 square feet to Buckner’s existing office building, which was extensively refurbished to make a cafe, exercise area and other community spaces. These shared places, and a second-level enclosed pedestrian bridge linking the new building with the old, are a key to making all employees feel a connection to the new construction.

plan 01
plan 01

Material choices followed an owner-driven desire to make a place that spoke of the company’s line of work. The site included a crane-rigging yard piled with building parts rescued from various construction sites over the decades. Designers combed the “boneyard” for beams, columns, girders, braces, decking and even old crane parts that could be designed into the project. In the end, 83 tons of steel pieces – more than 40% of all the steel in the building – came directly off Buckner’s yard. The completed project includes reconditioned columns and girders in its exposed steel frame, reused corrugated metal deck to support roofs and floors, and salvaged curved wood glue-laminated roof beams, which were overlapped to create a south-facing clerestory. Even a 15-ton pedestrian bridge is recycled, picked up and moved from a college campus where Buckner first put it in place 30 years before. Two pieces of 15-foot tall former coliseum roof girders make the walls of a new conference room, which cantilever’s out the front of the building and shelters the main entrance and provides signage for the headquarters.

© James West
© James West

Fueled by the realized possibilities for reusing existing materials, the owner’s challenge grew to embrace an all-points sustainable project. Green building practices incorporated include a chip-and-tar drive, storm water bioretention pond, new materials with high recycled content such as galvalume roofing and linoleum floor covering, and water conservation measures including low-flow toilet fixtures and roof drains supplying a 15,000-gallon cistern for vehicle washing.

© James West
© James West
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Buckner Companies Headquarters / Weinstein Friedlein Architects" 15 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/135021/buckner-companies-headquarters-weinstein-friedlein-architects/>
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Laura Shore · April 27, 2013

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Dreamwalls Glass · January 14, 2012

I love the exposed steel and glass frame of the new Buckner Crane & Steel Co Headquarters here in NC http://t.co/4FIkICAy via @archdaily

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I really like this project. Glass & steel thoughtfully assembled. http://bit.ly/jZvCNB #architecture

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