Lowe's Corporate Headquarters
Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters
Lowes Home Centers hired HGOR to design and master plan an environmentally sustainable campus for the company, while still supporting the functions and needs of the 3,000-plus works in the establishment. The 275 acres, environmentally sustainable store support center is located in Mooresville, North Carolina, about 30 minutes north of Charlotte. The combination of natural systems and stylized design form the basis. HGOR designed a series of bio-retention and storm water courses that create a linkage of courtyard and outdoor spaces accessible to Lowe’s employees.
The campus master plan focuses on a seven-acre lake that supports storm water functions, as an irrigation reservoir and creates wildlife habitat. The lake was formed by the reimagining of an existing stream that ran through the site prior to construction. The creation of a lake from the existing stream delivered an opportunity to build a small dam, including surrounding waterfalls and wetland settings. The lake is stocked with fish and skirted by wetland plantings that help to improve the quality of the water through natural filtration processes. Storm water flow is routed to flow through the varied landscape providing both water quality, detention and infiltration before connecting to the adjacent lake. The overall landscape moves from a naturalized piedmont environment, through stylized court-yards to the lake which itself includes littoral and wetland plantings. The implementation of natural systems such as wetland plantings mixed with stylized design in the courtyards and structured areas gives the site a natural feel, with the slightest formality given through open social spaces. The series of stormwater management and irrigation systems through water courses and bio-retention runs and basins all work in harmony to link the open courtyard areas with the outdoor spaces on the site. The naturalistic layout of the campus also was designed for the enjoyment of employees.
The buildings earned LEED Silver Certification for sustainable site design, water efficient plumbing features, energy efficiency, environmentally responsible construction practices and improved air quality. Eighty-two percent of construction waste, for the building additions, was recycled material.