Geisinger Buckhorn Office Building

Borton-Lawson provided full service A/E services from schematic design through construction documents for Geisinger Health Systems’ new $21 million Buckhorn office building. The three-story, 94,000 SF facility includes state-of-the-art, flexible, green office, conference/training and support space.

This project incorporates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) technologies from Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency through Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation & Design process and is LEED certified.

Subsequent to the original construction, Borton-Lawson also designed a 34,000 SF building addition, which includes an atrium space as a benefit for employees and gathering space for special functions.

Challenges V. Solutions

Challenge Develop a cost-effective back-office building, which could also qualify for LEED certification and be recognized as an integral part of the institution.

SolutionBorton-Lawson’s Buildings team included the full complement of building engineers working side-by-side with architects. The team studied similar office buildings and compared major building element options including: structural bay spacing, floor-to-floor height, HVAC systems, exterior skin, building footprint, and number of stories. These evaluations, in conjunction with costing provided by the construction manager, allowed Geisinger to proceed in the most cost-effective manner based on data. The integrated process allowed the team to collaborate on energy-efficient initiatives resulting in LEED certification.