Sterling Construction partnered with Clark Nexsen to design and develop plans for their new corporate headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, part of a relocation from Houston to the new One Hughes Landing development on Lake Woodlands. Sterling specifically wanted to create a modern work environment reflective of their industry and company values as a progressive, publicly traded civil construction company.

The resulting design is a clean, cutting edge, Class A office space that provides a polished backdrop for Sterling’s meetings with clients and investors. Through a collaborative process, our team designed details and selected finishes that visually parallel elements common to the construction industry, suggesting the raw materials of earth, concrete, wood, and steel to convey a high quality construction image. These materials contrast subtly with hues of gray and gold, warm cherry veneer, and stainless steel accents to create a sophisticated commercial environment.

The integration of the Sterling brand and story was of importance in the design process, with visitors entering the lobby welcomed by a wall of backpainted white glass and a video showcase of Sterling’s business expertise. Throughout the space, large, vibrant photographs are displayed featuring the people that have made Sterling successful, and modern furnishings such as integrated technology promote collaboration and improve productivity to support continued success.

With daylighting as a key priority, transparency was integrated throughout in the form of glass fronted offices and low profile systems furnishings to capitalize on the available daylight and the panoramic views of Lake Woodlands. The program included requirements for private offices, a large board room to seat 25, multiple meeting rooms, an executive kitchen, executive restroom, hoteling offices for visiting executives, and open office area.

The Sterling Headquarters was designed to LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors. Components such as LED and indirect lighting, low VOC paints and coatings, energy efficient HVAC, solar shades, and occupancy sensors were included in the sustainable design.