ACT Corporate Headquarters
LocationIowa City, Iowa
RecognitionAIA Wisconsin, Merit AwardASLA Wisconsin, Chapter Excellence AwardIIDA Wisconsin Design Award, First Place
In the late 1950s, ACT's founders established their first standardized tests to help colleges assess the strengths of incoming freshmen and start each student on his or her educational journey.
Now ACT not only unlocks the potential of students choosing a college, it also helps companies training staff and workers embarking on new careers.
When ACT found an ideal location for a new corporate headquarters, the company needed buildings that could foster collaboration among individuals and unlock the potential of its own people.
Corresponding with the rolling hills of the natural landscape, the clean and contemporary design utilizes stone, metal panels, and glass along with simple forms. Transparent, flexible, and open work spaces promote interaction and idea exchange, while providing beautiful views to the surrounding woods and terrace.
Linked by pedestrian routes, ACT's buildings are clustered around a central courtyard that defines a formal outdoor space and creates a social center at the heart of the campus. Just as ACT employees naturally find their way through the campus, so they are inspired to help others find their unique educational paths.
So many projects talk about creating a sense of place - this one actually does. As a collective, it is
successful as an urban gesture in a rural setting.
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