Eagle Materials Inc.
Category: Office | Two Story
Size: 50,000 SqFt
Location: 5960 Berkshire Lane, Suite 900, Dallas, Texas 75225
As a leading provider of building materials in the U.S., Eagle Materials offers a variety of products, including cement, gypsum wallboard, recycled paperboard, concrete and aggregates, and oil and gas proppants. Despite the expanse of their inventory, the company is proud to manufacture 100 percent of their materials in the United States. Eagle Materials approached Gordon Highlander as part of a project for consolidating multiple DFW locations into one Dallas-based headquarters. CEO Dave Powers' goal in consolidation not only focused on workplace synergy, but also providing employees with an impressive and inviting office environment.
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As a reflection of the products Eagle Materials offers, the sheer number and variety of finish materials offered a unique challenge. Additionally, there was a last-minute design change from wood finishes to steel finishes. The company's goal was to host and showcase the new headquarters at their annual board meeting, and a change in materials threatened the deadline. In order to finish on time, the Gordon Highlander team worked nights and weekends to make the materials change a reality.
Part of Eagle Materials' design for the new headquarters was a completely monochromatic gray ceiling. This required all ceiling-mounted elements to fit within the color scheme, regardless of industry standard -- including fire alarms.
Eagle Materials' new headquarters was surrounded by existing tenants, so daytime deliveries weren't possible. Additionally, the building wasn't equipped with a freight elevator, and the floor below the project site was also under construction. Gordon Highlander worked with Eagle Materials' office staff to coordinate complexities between the property and all subcontractors. Weekly meetings provided all parties with clear communication and expectations.
There are now 100 Eagle Materials employees working in a single location, realizing the CEO's vision for culture and collaboration. As far as creating an impressive and inviting space, Jeff Funderburk of Benson Hlavaty Architects won an award for best workplace design from Dallas Business Journal for his conceptualization of the headquarters office.