Green Hills Office Complex

Reading, Pennsylvania

Green Hills Corporate Center, retained SNS Architects & Engineers, PC to master plan a 500,000 sq. ft. office park, as well as to design a 135,000 sq. ft. Class A signature office which could also be occupied by two or more tenants.

In order to ensure flexibility, material integrity, and quality of space, SNS created a 4-story pyramidal atrium which captured natural daylight and spaciousness. The atrium is situated in an ideal, centralized location, penetrating the 3-story wings, vertically offset by a floor, giving the user the optimum utilization for his office space. This atrium location will also serve potential future tenants, occupying the various sections of the building.

During the design and build stages, the latest energy, conservation technology, and cost-effective mechanical systems were utilized, providing the workforce with a high level of comfort during all seasons. The exterior consists of pre-cast concrete panels with pink granite and exposed aggregate finish. This, along with the rose tint of the glass, gives the building a distinctive character when viewed against the background of existing trees and lush vegetation.

The structural system was designed with the economy in mind, using lightweight concrete slabs on a metal deck for simplicity and flexibility. The mainframe consists of rolled high strength steel to allow for minimum floor-to-floor height.  Steel erection was made simple and efficient.

Design dwells somewhere between the disciplines of science and art.  Although some firms may be content with functional solutions to problems at hand, SNS responds with designs that are pragmatic, valuable and aesthetic.  We incorporate solutions with a wide variety of human, physical, and external factors; this results in spaces that bear vitality, productivity, flexibility, identity and innovation.

With an 80% repeat clientele, we take our clients’ satisfaction seriously.  Our creative staff makes opportunities out of unexpected and limiting situations.  As a “can do” organization, we respond to our clients’ problems rapidly, with enthusiasm, clarity and innovation.  As a firm that has grown up with a developer and corporate clientele, we understand that a project is successful only when it is completed on time and on budget.
As part of a mature firm, we know that our value to our clients is measured by the value we add to their projects.  This may be by the materials or methods we select, or the innovative way we use them.  Good design has greater value and the results are visible.

We listen. Each project is unique and requires specific resolutions.

We listen carefully. Our clients’ objectives and ultimate goals determine our methods and solutions so that an effective and smooth transition can be achieved between intent, execution and realization.

Flexibility is of paramount importance in our design approach. Whether the project is large or small, the level of service and attention is the same. Each design must provide our clients with the comfort that the absolute best has been achieved; aesthetically, efficiently and cost effectively with rapid response and adherence to schedules.

We solve problems. Problems and unexpected conditions on a project are challenges we meet and resolve every day. It is not enough making the most of advantageous conditions and compensating for the limitations; we enhance each project by going beyond the obvious solution and provide value that goes far beyond the fee of our services.

This is done with our response to our clients’ human, physical or external programming factors.

By listening to our clients’ objectives and understanding our clients’ goals, we synthesize program and form, materials and methods with creativity and innovation to provide spaces of vitality and identity.

Such spaces remain cost effective, flexible, and efficient with proper project management – a trait we have learned well in our almost five decades of practice.

We design. Teamwork and personal responsibility are ingrained in our design philosophy with projects served directly by Principals and associates; we remain “on top” of all conditions that may arise.

We are collaborative. Relationships with our consultants and close coordination of their work result in excellence of the end product.

We are contingent on the mutual trust and respect of our team members and our clients. The success of the project and the level of satisfaction of our clients is the reason for our professional longevity and our continuing success.