The new South Tower, which has a total of 276,000 square feet in space, can accommodate approximately 1,000 employees. The flooring in this space -- as well as in the connecting corridor -- is comprised of Indian granite. "We looked at all sorts of stone," explained Gene Yergensen of Yergensen Obering & Whittaker, the architecture firm for the project. "We looked at North Dakota stone and Cold Spring granites. The Indian granite was a close match of the granite utilized on a previous renovation."
A total of 30,000 square feet of Royal Red and Premium Plus Black granite were specified for the project. The stone, which was imported from India by M.S. International, was utilized in both polished and flamed finishes. "We used a polished and flamed combination to repeat some of the original architecture of the building," Yergensen said. "Part of the goal was to make it look like one project. To make it feel like one complete complex, we renovated all the existing common areas in the existing North Tower."
In addition to flooring applications, the stone was used for the walls and feature elements such as the security desk and planters throughout the project. The interior stonework was installed by Marino Tile & Marble.
Also respecting the context of the building, the first four stories are set back from the street. "We wanted to make it feel like we weren't encroaching on the surrounding architecture," Yergensen said.
Now complete, the project was been well received by the city of Colorado Springs. "Reaction has been very positive," the architect said. "We've received nice comments from the community, and it has been leasing well."