DIVCON, Inc. World Headquarters

DIVCON, Inc. World Headquarters

Project Name: DIVCON, Inc. Headquarters

Location: 12609 East Pinecroft Way, Spokane Valley, WA 99216

Size: 12,318 sq ft

Type of Construction: Insulated concrete Tilt-Up walls with steel sun shades at windows

Delivery Method: General contractor, design-build

Owner: Grumco, LLC

Comments: When DIVCON, Inc. started to design their headquarters building, we had several goals in mind. The building had to be durable, sustainable and cost effective. In addition to these goals, we wanted the building to be unique but still “fit in” with the other buildings in the Pinecroft Business Park. The extensive use of ready mix concrete helped us to achieve all of these goals.

The first thing you notice upon arriving at DIVCON, Inc. is the commitment to the use of concrete. The building shell is comprised of insulated Tilt-Up sandwich panels. The exterior finishes include: cast-in brick, as cast concrete, sandblast concrete, stone textured form liner, and polished concrete; all of which utilize colored ready mix concrete. All outdoor storage is concealed by stone textured Tilt-Up fence panels that match the color and texture of the building itself. The main entry is accentuated by a horizontal concrete panel that gives the appearance of floating on the glass storefront. The front sidewalk utilizes colored concrete to tie the project together.

The use of concrete does not stop on the outside of the building. The interior includes polished concrete entry columns that tie into the polished concrete floor at the main entry. All of the interior surfaces of the sandwich panels are textured and painted. The majority of the floor surfaces are either polished or burnished concrete. The use of concrete on the inside of the building, in addition to durability, gives the benefit of added thermal mass, which helps minimize temperature swings inside the building.

The building resides in an area of Tilt-Up buildings with inlaid brick. While the DIVCON, Inc. building includes some inlaid brick, the use of form liner, sandblast, and polished concrete give the building a look all its own.

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