Patterson Technology Center
Patterson Technologies is a national company providing software solutions, equipment, and supplies to the health care profession. The start-of-the-art building enables Patterson to simulate dental, veterinary, and rehabilitation environments that showcase the newest technology and seamless integration capabilities to its clients. A software usability lab allows developers to observe direct participant feedback and how users interface with the software in real-time simulations. The 100,000 square foot facility includes food service and fitness amenities and is designed to house 540 employees.
Patterson Technology Center sits at the edge of a natural birch forest and the building is tucked into a natural slope. There is continuous glazing from desktop to ceiling to provide views to the forest. The ecologically restorative landscaping concept utilizes low-maintenance buffalo grass and native prairie plantings with bioswales for storm water run-off.
On the exterior, a high-performance fiber-cement rain screen reflects Patterson’s technology ethos while imparting richness through variegated color and texture. The building is designed for flexibility with column-free spans from the core to perimeter walls. The project’s main entrance, training rooms, and cafeteria are offset to take advantage of views and create a hinge point for future expansion that aligns with the existing natural contours of the site.