Considered a sister building to the renowned Gordon Bunshaft-designed Executive Office Building, the adjacent Administrative Office Building was completed for Reynolds Metals in 1968 (a 603-foot underground tunnel connects the buildings). A partnership between Baskervill, Marcellus & Partners, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill, the eight-level, 247,000-square-foot office building was designed in the International style with six floors above a podium, and a below-grade mechanical level. The building consolidated eight disparate locations for Reynolds, bringing 1,000 employees under one roof. In addition to office space, the building included a substantial cafeteria and commercial kitchen, terrace-level computer systems center, and state-of-the-art corporate training center.
Aluminum was used throughout, paying homage to the company’s business: the building’s exterior consists of a combination of black and natural anodized aluminum plates and extrusions. Inside, a unique ceiling installation in the training center made up of hundreds of small hanging aluminum plates placed in an intricate pattern was meant to aid in both acoustics and lighting in the space. The workspaces utilized a modular system with movable partitions, which allowed for maximum flexibility among the 50 departments within. Today, the building is part of the Altria Headquarters Campus.Categories: