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ExxonMobil Energy Center in Houston, Texas
ExxonMobil Energy Center in Houston, Texas
Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Canal Place, headquarters for Dominion Energy in Richomond, Virginia

Corporate Headquarters Architecture and Design

Pickard Chilton is internationally recognized for its expertise and sensitivity in the site selection, master planning, and design of corporate headquarters and campuses for a wide variety of prestigious clients. Since 2008, Pickard Chilton has designed corporate build-to-suits with a construction value of more than US $5 billion. In their careers spanning over four decades, the studio’s principals have designed, built, or have under construction more than 30 corporate headquarters and campuses.


Fortune 500 Corporate Headquarters Projects Designed

We offer deep experience in the design of contemporary and sustainable work environments for leading Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. Metrics gathered from our completed designs substantiate net gains in employee recruitment, engagement, and retention. Consistent and often dramatic results reveal the positive impact of the new facilities we have designed for our many Fortune 500 clients. These highly sustainable buildings are often in direct alignment with our clients’ ESG ambitions in terms of their ability to support employees, foster innovation and provide a safe and healthful work environment.

Pickard Chilton has collaborated in the design of some of the most dynamic, innovative, and collaborative workspaces nationwide. These next-generation workspaces offer more free-flowing environments that blur the line between work and private life. Professionals are increasingly working remotely, and the new workplace has become a place for collegial collaboration, face-to-face encounters, knowledge sharing, and team building. Today’s workers have greater expectations from their employers and more so from their work environments. New workplace models often provide innovative and collaborative design attributes as well as a variety of lifestyle amenities, including:

  • greater access to daylight and natural ventilation
  • personal comfort controls
  • pleasant views
  • exterior green space
  • wellness centers
  • common dining areas
  • water features
  • natural materials and finishes
  • more conference and huddle rooms
  • direct access to public transit
  • on-site parking for both vehicles and bicycles
  • proximity to residential units

Related Work

Proposal for the CoStar campus in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is one of the best cities in the nation for companies looking to relocate their corporate headquarters.

Why it matters: Corporate HQs bring jobs — generally "very good, high paying jobs," says Jennifer Wakefield, who leads the Greater Richmond Partnership, the metro area's economic development agency.

Read more at Axios Richmond 

The most valuable core office projects to break ground over the past year.

For example, Mutual of Omaha contracted Kansas City, Missouri-based construction firm JE Dunn to build approximately 800,000 square feet of office, meeting, collaboration and amenity space, as well as a parking garage for its new 44-story headquarters tower in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this year. The contractor expects to finish the $495 million project in 2026.

Meanwhile, Providence, Rhode Island-based Gilbane and Milwaukee-based CG Schmidt will perform $500 million in interior and exterior renovations to the 540,000-square-foot Northwestern Mutual office tower in Milwaukee. The project will enhance the insurance company’s employee amenities and event spaces, as well as increase the usable square footage of the campus. It will also connect to a pedestrian plaza.

Read more at Construction Dive 

At a time when many business leaders questioned the need for office real estate, Northwestern Mutual CEO John Schlifske spent 2021 and 2022 weighing options for the company’s aging north building in downtown Milwaukee. 

As Schlifske saw it, the Milwaukee-based life insurance company had three options for its north building: Tear it down and move employees to the company’s Franklin campus; demolish the building and rebuild a new one in its place; or renovate the existing building

Schlifske quickly gravitated toward the third option, he said. After months of planning, Northwestern Mutual in February announced it would undertake a $500 million renovation of the building and move 2,000 employees there from Franklin. 

Read more at Milwaukee Business Journal 

On December 4, The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) celebrated the ‘topping off’ of the Company’s new global headquarters designed by Pickard Chilton in downtown Cleveland. This milestone marks the completion of the construction project’s structural work, a project that began with the January 2022 groundbreaking ceremony. 

Read more at Sherwin-Williams 

The vibrant architectural structure of Norfolk Southern Headquarters in Midtown Atlanta unified by a five-story campus-style hub.

ATLANTA, Sept. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) announced Wednesday that it received two Sustainable Company Awards from Environmental Finance, a news and analysis service reporting on sustainable investment. The Environmental Finance Sustainable Company Awards 2023 recognize leading corporations that are transforming their business practices to achieve a net-zero future. 

Read more at PR Newswire 

The vibrant architectural structure of Norfolk Southern Headquarters in Midtown Atlanta unified by a five-story campus-style hub.

Located on a three-acre site near Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta, Norfolk Southern Headquarters designed by Pickard Chilton and HKS for Norfolk Southern Corporation is a complex of two office towers unified by a five-story campus-style hub that serves as a destination for employees to work and socialize.

Norfolk Southern Headquarters has recently been awarded a 2023 Green Good Design Award and a 2022 American Architecture Award Honorable Mention, by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Read more at Global Design News 

OMAHA, Neb. (Jan. 25, 2023) – Mutual of Omaha has officially started construction of a new 44-story headquarters tower in downtown Omaha that will support the insurance and financial services company’s future growth while contributing to the economic vitality of the city’s urban core.

Mutual Chairman and CEO James Blackledge was joined by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and other dignitaries for a ceremonial groundbreaking to kick off construction of the 677-foot tall office tower, which is slated to open in 2026.

Read more at Mutual of Omaha 

Inspired by the energy of downtown Omaha and the desire to contribute to its dynamic urban core, Mutual of Omaha is developing their new corporate headquarters tower on a prominent site immediately west of the recently reopened Gene Leahy Mall at the RiverFront. Upon completion, the next-generation 677-foot headquarters tower will be the tallest in Nebraska and in the surrounding states of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Proposal for the CoStar campus in Richmond, Virginia

CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP), a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets, today broke ground on its research and technology center expansion in Richmond, Virginia. CoStar Group celebrated the milestone with a ceremony and speeches from The Honorable Glenn Youngkin, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia; The Honorable Caren Merrick, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia; The Honorable Levar Stoney, Mayor, City of Richmond; The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Council Vice President, Richmond City Council; Leonard Sledge, Economic Development Director, City of Richmond; and Andy Florance, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoStar Group.

Read more at Business Wire 

HPE’s new corporate campus consists of two five-story high-performance buildings joined by a glass bridge connector at each level for easy accessibility and connectivity.


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