Prior to being asked to build this 22,000 square foot two-story office building, Mar Lan Construction had completed 7 branch offices for Farm Credit Services of America, formerly Frontier Farm Credit, throughout eastern Kansas. For the initial branch office, we were chosen through an interview process.
This 22,000 square foot two-story office building is located in Grand Mere which is next door to Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan. The new headquarters features an open office concept with smaller conference areas spread through the building. Another innovative feature is the underfloor air delivery system (UFAD) that houses not only air ductwork but also the data and power systems for the open office design.
The monumental stairwell located in the center of the building was designed to mimic the striations of an augured wall in the earth by using Anigre wood panels integrated with limestone. The exotic wood Anigre has been used in each of the previous 7 projects that Mar Lan Construction has completed for Farm Credit Services of America. There is also a decorative glass handrail and porcelain tile treads and risers completing this beautiful feature.
On the southern exposure, solar aluminum shades will help control the interior temperature from the Kansas summer heat. Heated sidewalks will make the Kansas winter much more tolerable and the fire pit enhances the exterior front patio.