MetLife Wins an Award

November 6th, 2017

Uzun + Case is pleased to announce that our MetLife Global Technology and Operations Center Project was awarded First Place in the New Construction Projects Over $50 Million Category by 2017 SEAoNC Best Projects.

Perched on a bluff above Lake Crabtree in Cary, NC, Buildings I & II of the new MetLife Global Technology and Operations (GTO) campus beacon into the night towards I-40 and Raleigh-Durham Airport.  Construction was completed on the two 7-story buildings in April of 2015 on a 26.5 acre campus near the Research Triangle Park.  Each building is comprised of 213,500 SF of Class A office space developed by Highwoods Properties.  The site also includes two precast parking decks for a total of 1,900 cars, a terraced outdoor theater, a basketball court, an 8,000 SF fitness center, and walking trails linked to Umstead State Park to accommodate the more than 1,200 employees.  Approximate cost of the total project is $110M.

Built on a fast-track schedule, the architectural firm Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio collaborated with Uzun+Case, general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie and steel fabricator SteelFab to complete the project – from design commencement to construction completion –  in less than two years. Technical innovative practices were employed throughout the project such as the first use of machine room-less elevators with pressurized hoistways and the use of municipality-provided reclaimed water for the cooling towers.

By collaborating throughout design and construction, the team was able to improve the efficiency, constructability and flexibility of the design for the benefit of all.  As a result, the steel cost per SF for both office buildings was a modest $10.20/SF (including all miscellaneous steel except the steel stairs), a relatively low number for a first class corporate facility built on a fast-track mode.  MetLife boasts that GTO is the lowest cost new administrative office space they operate in the U.S.  MetLife’s head of global design and construction, Pamela Abalu, stated that the goal for GTO was “to create a timeless, adaptable, sustainable and beautiful workplace.”

With the success of Buildings I & II, construction is currently underway for Building III.