Johnson County Special Utility District
Our team designed a new administration building to provide a secure connection to the Johnson County Special Utility District's existing maintenance facility and an inviting customer entrance along FM 3048. Working closely with the General Manager and the District’s Board of Directors, we developed conceptual designs utilizing 3D digital models to study spatial relationships and solar orientation of the building on the site. These concept studies were valuable tools to communicate design intent addressing the complexities of the site and anchor the building aesthetics throughout design and construction.
The design solution encompasses a massive cantilevered shed canopy that identifies the main entrance and provides shelter for pedestrian traffic and drive-thru services. The design reinforces the connection between parking and building by limiting visual obstructions. The vestibule entry opens to a large high ceiling lobby with a radiused curtain wall emitting a pleasing indirect northern light. A limestone masonry wall extends from the entry canopy through the public lobby reinforcing the separation of space between non-secure public and secure private areas. The curved customer counter within this masonry wall is accented with natural light from a skylight above yet provides a secure bullet-resistant barrier for employees.
The building contains a large board room, administrative and accounting offices, engineering and development offices, as well as support spaces for technology, innovative storage, and a large break room to house all employee luncheons.
Johnson County SUD