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7.4: Case- Building a Corporate Headquarters in a Prestigious Neighborhood
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- The noise and disturbance of building the office
- The appearance of the office building
- The possibility of diminished property values, some of which exceeded a million dollars
- Other possible agitation such as increased traffic, loss of privacy, and the eyesore of an office building in their daily lives
- It would build soundproof baffles between the construction site and the neighboring homes.
- It would keep all the old-growth trees, and the office height would not exceed the height of the trees so that the building would not be visible from the homes or the adjacent streets.
- The original mansion would remain on the property with a few minor renovations.
- The new office building would be attractive even though most people wouldn’t know it was there (several floors were built underground so that the office wouldn’t extend above the trees, but the innovative design allowed natural light to reach the lower levels).
- A study of the community’s commuter behavior showed that most residents had a half-hour drive to work. So the corporation set its hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to avoid traffic problems with its neighbors.
- To protect the sense of lost privacy that might result from customers visiting the office building, the corporation offered the neighborhood the use of its guards to watch the surrounding community for suspicious behavior.