Nucor Steel Detailing Center

Nucor Steel Detailing Center

This Steel Detailing Center conveys a strong sense of the company’s identity, while visibly showcasing its products – namely, joists, decking and corrugated siding. The exposed joists and decks serve as display pieces for customers and employees. The design concept easily conveys who they are, what they make, and how they work.

Branding is reinforced inside and out. Drawing on an excellent branding strategy and graphics by the company’s advertising firm, we developed six themes based on aspects of the company. These themes mark the entrances to the six teamwork pods.  The different colors, signage and graphics serve as a way-finding system and tell the company’s story – including its role as a pioneer of recycling and process innovation. The pods are connected by a common lobby with a flatscreen panel telling the Nucor story.

Our design also affirms the client’s philosophy of instilling employee pride and team spirit. We met with employees, and observed their work to help us create a functional design. Clear span construction eliminates the need for columns within the work space, offering maximum flexibility to re-configure work spaces as needs change. In addition, Nucor asked that every work station have access to natural light, a goal we achieved with windows, clerestories, side-lights and skylights.

The facility accommodates up to 200 employees, with expansion capacity to accommodate 450.