When BCBSTN decided to unify operations within a single headquarters, the company recognized an opportunity to design a healthier work environment for its 4,500 employees. A key design theme centers on the organization’s belief that physical and visual access to nature play a role in overall wellbeing. Located on 12 acres overlooking downtown Chattanooga, the campus’ five buildings radiate around a central plaza, which is also the starting point for a series of outdoor running and walking paths. Each of the buildings contains features specifically designed to promote health and wellness. On site common amenities include a fitness center, garden spaces, outdoor cafes and walking/running paths, providing numerous opportunities for employees to incorporate physical activity, healthy eating and contact with nature into their daily routine. A spine of skybridges provides easy movement between buildings. Open-plan offices feature ‘encounter spaces’ where employees meet and share.
From 2008 to 2011, the percentage of BCBCTN employees achieving the recommended amount of moderate exercise each week increased by 50%. The headquarters was the second largest LEED Gold accredited corporate project in the country when certified and demonstrates how workplace design can positively impact health, wellness and the environment.
950,000 sf (Four, 5-story buildings w/ separate amenity building)
LEED Gold Certified