To accommodate the company's dynamic growth, Bernie Marcus, founder of The Home Depot, was seeking a space that would be functional and adaptable to change. The Home Depot commissioned Heery Design to provide planning services for over three million SF of corporate headquarters and data center space on 43 acres in Atlanta. The campus consolidated existing offices scattered across the city and housed the company’s rapidly expanding business and support services. The Master Plan for the complex included seven mid-to-high rise buildings, roadways and parking facilities.
The design and construction team set to work to simplify and streamline construction processes without compromising quality in order to ensure staff relocation as soon as possible For example, the original design called for ribbon windows and precast concrete façade. A local metal fabricator along with Heery’s architects presented the idea of using exterior metal panels instead. Because the panels were more durable and lighter weight, their higher first cost was offset by the reduction in foundation and building structure costs. Home Depot was pleased to see the budget redirected toward “above ground” materials.
In addition to architectural services, Heery's engineering team also provided the following:
"Heery has been a valuable partner throughout the process and has been extremely responsive ... I will continue to use Heery to design future buildings as our Store Support Center expands. Heery’s partnership with Home Depot has allowed us to focus on our core business and provide returns to our shareholders.”
- Fred J. Tharpe, Former Project Manager
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