Technology Center of Excellence
The headquarters campus of CenturyLink is located on a 77-acre pecan orchard in Monroe, Louisiana. After significant growth, the Fortune 200 company saw the need to expand the headquarters to accommodate an additional 865 people. Chief among the design goals became the need to attract and retain some of the best minds in telecommunications and technology.
CenturyLink selected Moody Nolan to design the new Technology Center of Excellence as the main addition to the existing campus. This state-of-the-art facility provides space for employees and vendors collaborate and create innovative products and services. The three-story structure includes office space, a 30,000 sq. ft. data center, a network operations center, an executive briefing center, product demonstration areas and training facilities. Also included is a new cafeteria and dining facility to serve the entire 2,000-employee population.
In an effort to preserve the pecan orchard and provide space for future expansions, the project included a 1,050 space, five-story parking structure. This project component also houses the primary mechanical equipment for the Technology Center including boilers, chillers, cooling towers and back-up generators.
While not anticipated at the start of the design process, the ultimate site layout for the project yielded a 2.2-acre courtyard that connects the Technology Center of Excellence with the existing headquarters buildings. This landscaped area incorporates a dining plaza, a tree grove, a variety of seating areas and eleven separate pools creating comfortable microclimates to work, socialize and dine.