Reinsurance Group of America Headquarters
Year Completed: 2014
Size: 405,000 SF
Certifications: LEED Silver Core & Shell
Awards: 2015 Merit Award for Interiors & Architecture, AIA St. Louis
Fox’s relationship with RGA goes back over 20 years to their beginnings as part of General American Life. In 2013, RGA decided to construct their own Headquarters in St. Louis County, with Fox as project adviser and interior architect. The project is situated on a 17-acre site. Fox teamed seamlessly with the Core & Shell Architect (Gensler Chicago) to create a campus representative of the client’s local roots and increasingly global presence.
Reacting to the site, the Core & Shell Architect split the project into two towers, slightly skewed to each other and joined by a multi-level connector. The design draws on the metaphor of a quarry with twisting landscape and stratified stone, and the Interior Architect carried these concepts into the interior as a series of unfolding dynamic volumes. The central connector (Amenity Zone) is accessed from multiple levels (by visitors at the top and employees from the garage below). Major circulation paths link the gathering spaces, and openings carved into the volume admit daylight and create visual connections. Circulation within the towers is grouped around elevator cores, minimizing disruption to quieter work zones.
Special attention is given to the needs of a multi-generational workforce – providing traditional and non-traditional work areas connected by social activities. The design supports the office staff, aiding recruitment, retention and productivity. It draws people together with areas for spontaneous interactions, scheduled meetings and “heads down” focus work. The palette mirrors the Core & Shell design with a modern, powerful use of high chroma materials (opaque and translucent red elements) alongside monochromatic elements, providing repeated visual cues to significant gathering spaces.