Live Oak Bank’s Wilmington, NC campus celebrates its serene, forested site while fulfilling the company’s goal of creating the best possible workplace environment for its employees. The buildings draw from a shared materials palette of cypress, glass, and steel to integrate with the natural surroundings while creating a modern aesthetic. The first campus building is anchored by a central lounge overlooking the central courtyard and deck; slender two-story office wings create a sense of transparency and offer fabulous views from any point within the building. A second building with a canted form takes advantage of optimal daylighting and passive solar design and features an employee restaurant and lake views. An adjacent building includes a central four-story atrium with monumental stairways for vertical connectivity. The nearby FitPark garage houses an employee gym and provides 600 additional parking spaces. A fourth office building is in the planning stage.
The key drivers of sustainability and connectivity informed the design. Sustainable strategies include tree preservation for shading and enjoyment, high performance mechanical systems and glazing, daylighting, and a retention pond for stormwater management that doubles as a popular site amenity. Sheltered walkways, boardwalks, and running trails connect site elements and workspaces, while a variety of outdoor areas serve as flexible work and gathering areas.