TruStage (formerly known as CUNA Mutual Group)
Create a positive culture with functional amenities that promote connectivity + collaboration
TruStage (formerly known as CUNA Mutual Group) has a new landmark to welcome employees and customers to its corporate headquarters on Madison’s west side. The financial services company looked to replace an aging campus amenities building with spaces that reflect its identity as an inclusive and innovative company.
The employee and customer experiences were the driving forces behind the 125,000-square-foot, five-story facility’s design. Team members and visitors enjoy a new dining area, auditorium, customer exchange center, an enclosed collaboration space and a year-round rooftop terrace.
Committed to providing its employees with an inclusive work environment, TruStage included all-gender restrooms and personal rooms in the new building. It also features universal design elements like auto-door operators, areas of refuge and sensory indicators along its cascading monumental stair.
The all-glass atrium containing the monumental stair faces north towards the campus, exhibiting the energy of activities within the building. Its south side overlooks Mineral Point Road, a busy thoroughfare through the city. A horizontal pattern of a terra-cotta-colored brise soleil wraps the south façade, resembling speed lines – a physical manifestation of TruStage’s strides forward as a leader in its industry.
The Lighthouse is pursuing LEED Gold and Parksmart Bronze certifications. One of its key sustainable design features is water reduction. The building uses nearly 38% less water than similar buildings of its size due to low-flow fixtures, a savings of about 100,000 gallons of water per year. It also features a 10,000-gallon cistern that collects and stores rainwater and condensates from air handling units. The cistern’s water is used for flushing toilets and outdoor irrigation.
Other green features include a nearly 50% reduction in energy use compared to baseline buildings thanks to triple-glazed glass and efficient lighting and HVAC systems. This project also reverted about 35% of its previously developed site to native vegetation.
- New Construction
- Madison, WI
- 125,000 sq ft
- 500 seat auditorium
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