MetLife is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs. The company expands into four floors of the Woodward Building in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Assisting in the design development, the Choate team works with the architect to minimize the lead times of construction materials, ensuring the fast-track schedule is maintained while the design intent is kept intact.
Project amenities on each floor include a pantry area, lounge and game room, and training rooms with operable partitions. Breakout areas are created using a “yurt” design concept with custom millwork pieces wrapped in sheer fabric to create a private yet open feel. Demountable partitions are integrated into all hard-walled rooms, giving the tenant added flexibility space throughout.
The lighting system employs state-of-the-art technology featuring daylight harvesting, automatic dimming, occupancy recognition and ultra-low energy consumption.
Heavily outfitted with the latest audio-video equipment, the conference and training rooms are designed to accommodate everything from in-house presentations to live video conferences, facilitating MetLife’s business around the globe. With such a substantial focus on technology, each floor houses its own intermediate distribution frame (IDF) room, which connects directly to the main distribution frame (MDF) room on the ground floor level.
An emergency backup generator, uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and automatic tooling systems (ATS) are installed as backup support systems.
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