The Clear Channel Communications Corporate Headquarters was the main operations base of a family-owned business that has become a global leader in the field of communications media. The three-story facility houses office and meeting spaces for clients and workers, while providing numerous areas for entertainment, dining, and relaxation.
The client wanted a headquarters that would impress their own potential clients, keep employees happy, and express their family and corporate values of stability, integrity, and fair dealing. Being in the communications field, the building also needed to include state-of-the-art technology that could be easily upgraded to keep in line with ongoing innovations in the industry. One of the most challenging problems was what to do with the many satellite dishes necessary to connect digitally with clients and partner organizations around the world.
The Clear Channel building expresses the fundamental architectural values of durability, comfort and delight with pervasive care and refined exuberance.
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the project was dealing with technology issues. To conceal the large amount of wiring and allow for eventual upgrades, the Overland team designed a modular ceiling structure, leaving spaces for the cables and wires within a wood raceway ceiling. So, if cables needed to be replaced, this could be done easily without moving any ceiling tiles or replacing any walls. According to Principal in Charge, Tim Blonkvist, “We had these superhighways of all the cabling and fibers. You can get in, move, reconfigure, and redo them and never have to actually do any reconfiguration of the building itself.” To integrate the satellite dishes (which come in different shapes, sizes, and colors) into the structure seamlessly, a tower was designed to store them, thereby concealing them from view without inhibiting their function. Additionally, a state-of-the-art board and communications room on the second floor houses cutting-edge technology for multimedia presentations.
To ensure that the interior environment was conducive to inspiring productivity, well-being, and feelings of camaraderie, Overland paid special attention to bringing natural daylight into the building. To increase daylight’s reach, they installed light shelves that shade the windows while bouncing natural light into more distant open areas.
- AIA Design Award 2003
- AIA Design Merit Award 2001
- Builder Magazine Gold Nugget Award for Architecture 2001
- Texas Architect, “Clearly Connected,” May 2004
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