American Electric Power turned to Moody Nolan to design the new corporate headquarters for their rapidly growing Transmission Group. The building is nestled into an existing hardwood stand in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. The site plan provides for parking, but also access to a bike path, an internal walking path and a large outdoor dining terrace. Previously the Transmission Group was located in an “old school” facility with closed offices lining the exterior walls, blocking the daylight and views from the building interior where most of the staff worked. The interior cubicles were six foot high and did not foster interaction, a situation made worse by a lack of other collaborative spaces and a shortage of meeting rooms.
New Albany, OH
For the new facility, Moody Nolan designed an open floor plan with private offices and conference rooms in the building core, allowing the surrounding low-walled cubicles to have the exterior walls with natural daylight and views. The offices and conference rooms are modular, allowing two offices to easily convert to a conference room, and vice versa. An innovative light louver pushes the natural light deep into the interior. All the internal offices and meeting spaces have demountable glass fronts with sliding doors. At the heart of the building is a soaring, four-story atrium. Bridges and a full height monumental stair crisscross this dynamic space which visually connects the different departments on all the floors. Formal and informal conference facilities within and adjacent to the atrium are easily accessible to all staff. The ground floor features a large training center with a rear wall that retracts into the ceiling to open the space up to the adjacent café seating area. Building amenities include a fitness center and full service dining.