Muhlenberg Greene Architects is excited to announce the July 18th, 2013 official groundbreaking for the new 42,000 square foot Gateway Ticketing Systems Global Headquarters building in Colebrookdale Township, Pennsylvania! This project is a design-build partnership led by Hollenbach Construction with design beginning in August 2012. John Hill, AIA led the design team in our office and Michael Nolan, AIA served as Project Manager. Beginning with extensive client interviews, Muhlenberg Greene Architects gained an understanding of the organizational and spatial requirements and helped craft Gateway Ticketing System’s vision for their ideal collaborative environment.
In close coordination with Hollenbach Construction, the zoning and permitting proceeded in parallel with design allowing for a streamlined and efficient process, leading to construction document and bidding completion simultaneous with go-ahead for construction.
The project is a harmonious agreement of form and function creating a striking – but not over the top – facility to reflect the firm foundation of Gateway but to also express the company’s position as a leader in the tech industry. Carefully sited atop a shallow knoll, the public face will be clearly visible from Route 100 and proudly announce Gateway Ticketing Systems presence. A careful balance is struck on the interior, ensuring adequate separation for “heads down” time but also providing opportunity for collaboration ranging from planned meetings to casual interaction.
The “main street” of the building is flooded with light from the south facing clerestory which is carefully designed to allow plentiful warming light in the cooler months but also block harsh mid-summer sun. More importantly, the central space provides a convenient circulation path specifically designed to provide proximity and access between groups that have regular interaction.
A large lunch room will provide ample seating for everyone in the company and serve as a gathering location for the frequent pot lucks, barbecues and other teambuilding events.
Muhlenberg Greene Architects is proud to have been part of this project and applauds the efforts of Hollenbach Construction in bringing it about. Starting with firm project goals, collaboration throughout the process between constructor and architect ensured a thorough design that both meets budget and will ultimately cut down on questions and delays during construction. As founder Peter Grumblatt eloquently stated in his remarks prior to groundbreaking “substance makes the idea a reality.” We look forward to seeing the Headquarters take shape over the coming months – stay tuned!