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tvsdesign celebrates groundbreaking for new LPL Financial campus

Design inspired by employee input promotes well-being and sustainability

tvsdesign celebrated, on February 26, 2015, the groundbreaking of LPL Financial’s new regional headquartersfor which it served as both the architect and interior designer of record.

The 27.9-acre, 450,000 square foot campus will be spread across two buildings in the master planned development of Kingsley, which is located in the Charlotte, N.C., suburb of Fort Mill. This new campus will bring togethermore than 1,000 Charlotte-area employees and prepare LPL Financial for anticipated growth in the Southeast.

Taking a cue from its San Diego office, which is believed to be the largest net-zero energy commercial office building in the United States, LPL Financial’s Carolinas campus willbe designed to minimize environmental impact while maximizing employee engagement and well-being. The project’s planning strategy calls for elevator and stair cores separated from office areas in order to maximize usable interior space and daylight, reducing energy costs and making outdoor views available to nearly all employees. Glass stair enclosures offer sweeping views of campus greenways and encourage employees to take the stairs and interact across building locations.Inspired by the area’s long legacy of textile manufacturing, the interior woodwork will be constructed from white oak trees reclaimed from the campus grounds.

“LPL looks forward to continuing our growth in the Carolinas,” said Mark Casady, LPL Financial chairman and CEO. “We want to create a workplace that will promote employees’ well-being and that will be a place they are proud of and excited to come to every day. By being an employer of choice to the top talent in our industry, we can continue to be the leading service provider to our clients.”

Other sustainability efforts for the headquarters, which is pursuing LEED certification, include: the use of local and recycled materials; electric vehicle charging stations; tree preservation around the buildings; bicycle storage; and net-zero water efficiency techniques. Other employee-inspired features include ergonomic workspaces, outdoor meeting areas, an on-site eatery, a fitness center and a health clinic. 

“LPL has been a terrific partner, providing ample inspiration and input so that together we could create a campus that embodies LPL’s culture and supports the well-being of its employees,” said David Brown, principal with tvsdesign.“Having input empowered us to imagine ways to bring their vision for their campus to life and suit their unique needs.”

The LPL Financial campus expands tvsdesign’s Charlotte portfolio, which includes more than 5.5 million square feet of corporate campusesfor companies such as Carillon, IBM, Nations Bank and TIAA-CREF.The firm also designed Three Wells Fargo Center, the LEED Platinum-certified Duke Energy Center towers and a 550,000-square-foot expansion of the Charlotte Convention Center.

The LPL Financial campus is slated to be complete in late fall 2016.  

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