With an aggressive schedule, Cullen set out to build and unify over 600,000 square-feet of customized spaces in 27 months for the Epic Systems Corporation in Verona, Wis. This was no small feat, particularly when quality, functionality, and customer satisfaction are made top priorities.
The Learning Campus phase of Epic’s multi-phased, new headquarters project included a 425,083-square-foot learning center (Voyager Hall) and the 195,888-square-foot, 5,300-seat auditorium named Epicenter.
The building consists of 26 large training rooms that can accommodate 32 people each and ten small training areas for groups up to 12. The rooms can be rapidly converted from state-of-the-art training rooms to high quality meeting space. The rooms are situated among break areas that feature large windows and a fireplace. There are a total of 10 wood-burning fireplaces throughout the facility. The Cyber Café offers attendees a place to catch up on e-mail during breaks while the Mir commons, Sputnik, and Sky Lab provide building users with areas to dine and relax. The main dining area, Mir, can accommodate very large crowds and has a viewing deck for outside dining or soaking in the countryside. The core of Epicenter features a 5,300-seat auditorium with five viewing screens strategically placed for full viewing from any perspective. Additionally, the auditorium has moveable partitions to transform the area into three smaller auditoriums for multi-session meetings. Outside the auditorium, a marque, similar to a classic movie theater from past, welcomes attendees.
Voyager Hall was completed first, thereby accommodating the training sessions Epic Systems Corporation provides its customers, the end-users of their medical software systems, as well as its employees. With the completion date accelerated by three months, Epic was able to use Voyager Hall half-way through the construction phase for a 3,000 employee video simulcast at Epic’s annual customer meeting.