Project Detail


SAP Americas Headquarters Expansion

Newton Square, PA United States

FXFowle Architects


Project Description

The serpentine curve of the new building was designed and sited to create a Wi-Fi–enabled courtyard, a work and break-out space for employees, while maximizing views from the open office floors. Separated into four floors, the bulk of the new building is open-plan office space. Conference rooms and private offices are organized into corridors across the width of the floor plates, to keep views unobstructed.

To minimize heat gain and control heat loss during the winter, the team wrapped the structure in a triple-glazed curtain-wall system. This intense insulation is paired with an HVAC system that includes underfloor air distribution, geothermal wells for heating, and ice chillers and evaporative cooling towers. Site plantings manage stormwater runoff, while green roofs help to limit the heat island effect and provide an accessible outdoor space. Sharing the roof plane is an array of solar panels.

These individual systems are all brought together by a sophisticated Building Management System (BMS). Energy usage is just over 1 kW per square foot, a reduction of 60 percent over the old building.


Project Details

SAP Americas Headquarters Expansion
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Project Team:
    Guy Geier, senior partner/partner-in-charge; Bruce Fowle, founding principal/design partner; John Schuyler, associate principal/project director; Gustavo Rodriguez, senior designer; Sara Agrest, senior designer; Frank Lupo, competition design team; Kimberly Garcia, competition design team; Raphael Pereira, competition design team; Alvaro Quintero, core and shell design team; Robert Lanni, core and shell design team; Ervin “Dash” Hirsan, core and shell design team; Woo-Hyoung Lee, core and shel
  • Interior Designer: FXFowle Architects 
  • Mechanical Engineer: WSP Flack+Kurtz 
  • Structural Engineer: Severud Associates 
  • Electrical Engineer: WSP Flack+Kurtz 
  • Civil Engineer: Advanced GeoServices Corp. 
  • Site Engineer: Advanced GeoServices Corp. 
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Advanced GeoServices Corp. 
  • Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Co. 
  • Landscape Architect: Wallace Roberts & Todd 
  • Green Roof: Roofscapes 
  • Cistern Design: Rainwater Recovery 
  • Geothermal: Gipe Associates 
  • Lighting Designer: S+S Lighting Design 
  • Wayfinding: Ex;it 
  • Parking Structure: AECOM 
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Project Size:
    210,000 sq ft
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Specified Products

Schüco Unitized Aluminum Curtain Wall

Triple-Glazed IGUs Viracon



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