ADG designed the national headquarters complex for the former Dobson Communications Corporation, a company that provided wireless, wireline, internet and fiber communications to businesses throughout the United States from their home base in Oklahoma City. The 155,000-square-foot headquarters consolidated operations, while maintaining the separate product and service identities of the various company divisions. Dobson’s corporate vision was very traditional, even though their products were very high tech.

ADG’s design reflected Dobson’s values with the use of traditional materials like brick, glass and cast stone, yet the high tech nature of modern communications is expressed with nontraditional building shapes, exposed steel, anodized aluminum and unexpected detailing. The buildings were stepped back along the west sides, allowing for balcony access even below the executive suite level.

Two three-story buildings were sited adjoining one another with a common conference center in between. Each building has a three-story atrium covered by a bow-shaped roof with clerestory windows on all sides, bringing light into glass-walled office spaces below. Interior bridges across the atrium “lobbies” are exposed steel and glass. The entire building is equipped with daylighting sensors to control energy costs and loaded with security strategies to protect the information clients entrust to the company’s servers.

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