The groundbreaking for the McKinney-based Independent Bank Group’s new 165,000-square-foot corporate headquarters was held on Jan. 17.
SmithGroupJJR is providing integrated design services including architecture, interior design and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering. Located at the McKinney Corporate Center Craig Ranch and slated for completion in December 2018, the Class A office building will be a standout on the McKinney, Texas skyline along the Sam Rayburn Toll Road (SRTR).
The core team for this 10.4-acre site and building consists of the Independent Bank executive team, developer KDC, commercial real estate firm Avison Young, design firm SmithGroupJJR and general contractor Rogers-O’Brien.
“The design for the new headquarters strives to make a deep connection with the community, its stakeholders, employees and surrounding region by architecturally representing the evolution of the company Independent Bank has become,” said Tom Philippi, SmightGroup JRR lead designer.
Glass and metal finishes will be the dominant curtain wall components. In an effort to warm up the overall palette, wood soffits are used at the balconies, the sixth floor terrace and entry overhang.
The vision of the building’s interior design will be harmonious with the exterior design. Bringing exterior materials into the lobby such as natural stone, metals and glass will evoke a sense of stability, solidity and permanence, according to a SmithGroupJJR news release.
“We chose SmithGroupJJR as our design partner because they were able to, quite gracefully, articulate our vision. The design of our new headquarters building embodies the culture of Independent Bank, our purpose-driven approach, and continued commitment to community,” said David R. Brooks, CEO, Independent Bank.
Once complete, approximately 400 employees are expected to occupy the new headquarters.
The new office building is targeting LEED Silver certification. Sustainable design features include cost efficient, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and easy to maintain systems throughout. All systems will have energy metering to assist in optimized energy use strategies to conserve energy, reduce water consumption and provide indoor air quality consistent with engineering standards.
Founded by architect Sheldon Smith in 1853 in Detroit, SmithGroupJRR is the oldest continuously practicing architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. It has 12 offices in the U.S. and China, including a Dallas office.