Energy Innovation Center of North America
From the selection of the 7.5-acre site, to the character of textures and materials, to the views from any angle, the Energy Innovation Center of North America was designed to tell the story of Baker Hughes a GE Company's (BHGE) energy research presence in Oklahoma.
The project presented the unique opportunity to design a multi-faceted, unconventional research laboratory within a contemporary building strategically located between the downtown Oklahoma City business community and the up and coming Innovation District. The functionality of the Center is divided into three components: Innovation, Research and Solutions.
INNOVATION: Researchers and staff have open and flexible work spaces, allowing for interaction and collaboration. Overlooks and portals throughout the building provide a constant awareness and connection to the technical spaces, such as the high-bay lab.
RESEARCH: Built around two test weeks, the research space features an 80-foot tall high-bay lab with two 30-ton bridge cranes. The lab offers an open floor plan and continuous utility runways to provide flexibility in supporting new research experiments.
SOLUTION: The glass showroom deliberately breaks away form the horizontal lines of the rest of the building as a nod to BHGE's customer base downtown, as well as to create a unique visual backdrop.
The materials selected for the building are a combination of natural and distinctly Oklahoman, and sleek and modern reflections of the innovation taking place within. The emphasis on the horizontal - consistent throughout the building's proportions, textures and details, mirrors the layers of earth that will yield new discoveries and energy solutions.The building makes a sophisticated visual statement and offers an experiential experience for customers, clients and collaborators from around the world.