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Design Team of the Year Finalist: Zimmerman Properties LLC

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Bringing its multiple companies under one roof, the Zimmerman Corporate LLC headquarters was built with expansion in mind.

“We wanted to create a building that really spoke to their business,” said Jon Dodd, Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective’s principal and director of architecture. “We designed the building so they could expand from within … not only for today’s personnel but for growth over the next five to 10 years.”

Dodd said the design included strategic placement of the umbrella company’s Zimmerman Properties LLC, Zimmerman Properties Construction LLC and Wilhoit Properties Inc., yet it is unified with a core lobby featuring a glass curtain wall.

Matt Zimmerman, senior vice president of construction with Zimmerman Properties, said the headquarters houses 85 employees with room for up to 120 staffers. He said modern employee amenities and workspaces were at the top of his design checklist.

“It’s on the cutting edge of office trend design,” Dodd said.

“Open work areas with low-wall work areas, private offices with glass and natural light, and a lot of bright colors.”

He said the use of glass throughout the building, including the two-story staircase in the lobby, lends itself to the desire for an airy design. He also noted the break room design as his favorite element, with its coffee shop feel that bucks trends of a dark, tucked-away kitchen.

Dodd said his firm also handled interior design, which featured Zimmerman’s signature orange branding and weaved the company’s story into artwork.

“There’s a U.S. map that was designed to display every state within the United States that they have properties in,” he said. “It’s an art piece, but it’s also functional.”

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