RGA Reinsurance Group of America Headquarters
Year Completed: 2014
Size: 405,000 SQ FT
Certifications: LEED Silver Core & Shell
Awards: 2015 Merit Award for Interiors & Architecture, AIA St. Louis
Spanning over 20 years, Fox’s relationship with RGA began when they were still part of General American Life. In 2013, RGA decided to construct a headquarters in St. Louis County, with Fox as project advisor and interior architect. Situated on a 17-acre site, Fox teamed seamlessly with Gensler Chicago (the Core & Shell Architect) to create a campus representative of the client’s local roots and increasingly global presence.
Responding to the site, Gensler’s design split the project into two offset towers connected by a multi-level building. With a meandering landscape and stratified stone, the exterior design utilized a quarry as inspiration, concepts Fox continued into the interior as a progression of dynamic volumes. Accessed from multiple levels, the central connector, or Amenity Zone, allows visitors to enter at the main level and employees from the garage below. Major circulation paths link the gathering spaces, with openings carved into the volume admitting daylight and creating visual connections. Movement within the towers was grouped around elevator cores to minimize disruption to quieter work zones.
Special attention was given to the needs of a multi-generational workforce – providing traditional and non-traditional work areas connected by social activities. In addition to supporting the office staff, the design will aid in recruitment, retention, and productivity with specific areas dedicated to spontaneous interactions, scheduled meetings, and “heads down” focus work. Mirroring the Core & Shell design, the interior employed a modern, powerful palette through the use of high chroma materials (opaque and translucent red elements) alongside monochromatic elements, providing repeated visual cues to significant gathering spaces.