JRA Architects was commissioned to design The New Corporate Headquarters building for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. Farm Credit Services is an agricultural lender with offices in four states. The owners created a central office team that consisted of members of the different departments within the company to interact with the design team. With this diverse group of people we were able to gather an understanding of how the company organization worked both internally and externally.
In developing the design, it quickly became apparent that Farm Credit needed to be interactive between all departments. JRA provided an environment that enhanced their teaming philosophies. Another requirement that was crucial for the new building was that it be extremely flexible. Growth of the company and the ever constant change of technology and department interaction required not only a flexible plan but reconfigurable office environments.
The exterior architecture of this building resembles the prairie style of architecture. The vision of this building was to capture who Farm Credit is, an agricultural lender so it only made sense to use this style of architecture as a guide. Limestone banding, red iron spot brick and a copper roof create the exterior palate.
During the planning phase of the project we were requested to add additional building expansion space. This expansion space is to be leased by other companies and can also be used as future growth space for Farm Credit. With this addition to the program we created two separate spaces adjacent to the main building entry. This would allow Farm Credit to gradually grow with minimum disruption.
The main entrance is a three story structure identifying the company culture of Farm Credit. Within the entry lobby stands a 38’ tall steel tree structure. This sculptural piece reinforces the company philosophy of its roots being planted deeply in the ground; strong and steady are its branches ever reaching out to the farming community.
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