Administrative Buildings: multifunction office buildings

An administrative building is home to the leadership of a company, or, more generally, to the firm’s wider managing staff. They can also accommodate official bodies such as local government or other municipal administrators. The architecture of such a building presents similar requirements to that of an office building: alongside their functionality, these buildings often also take on a greater role as a symbol of the organisation. Construction methodologies in the administrative building sector present various options.

Design concepts for administrative buildings

From one perspective, an administrative building is a place for many people to work each day on the management of a company or municipality. Another perspective on its use considers the building’s visitors, the number of which varies according to building use. For employees, the space allocation plan must provide for working space, which can be embodied in individual, group or larger-scale office rooms. Alongside a sensible configuration of the building’s internal space, a bright and friendly atmosphere in the working space is an important consideration. For visitors, the building layout needs to ensure sufficient circulation space, waiting areas and conference rooms, and lavatory provision must be sufficient for the number of visitors expected. Finally, an administrative building also requires archive and storage space. These rooms are often located in basements. Given the naturally-arising higher operational costs associated with administrative buildings, insulation and heating are a particular design focus. We ensure cost effectiveness even during construction through our choice of suitable building methods and materials.

Construction methodologies for administrative buildings

Administrative buildings can be built using solid construction methods although, for reasons of flexibility or cost-efficiency, prefabrication is often the preferred method. The use of steel and concrete, or steel-only construction, means that the buildings are erected over short timescales. The high degree of pre-construction, enabled for instance by steel and concrete prefabricated components, means that the entire schedule can be designed without dependence on weather conditions and also ensures high quality materials in the finished building. Steel-skeleton construction means that administrative buildings can be erected in a manner similar to warehouse-style structures built with grid method. The large open spans made possible by construction in steel enable a flexibility in configuration of the building’s floor plan. Alterations to the building after its construction, which may become necessary as the use of the building evolves, can be implemented easily thanks to this construction method. With regard to architectural form, the choice of construction method is an important factor in the visual impact of the finished structure. A combination of steel and glass leads to airy, modern buildings that are exemplars of flexibility and versatility. Administrative buildings in steel and concrete exude a sense of solidity, inspire trust, and stand as a symbol of an organisation’s heritage and reliability.

As specialists in the administrative building construction sector, we work with various methodologies and, thanks to our network of architects and engineers, can draw on a large pool of expertise. We would be glad to produce an initial design concept and cost estimate for your new administrative building: please get in touch.

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