Bergmann served as the Prime Consultant on Dart’s new corporate headquarters in Mason, Michigan providing programming, space planning, architectural and interior design along with structural, MEP and civil engineering. Work for the project began in the programming phase to determine the functional space requirements and desired adjacencies. The design needed to provide for a variety of layouts (ratios of enclosed to open office areas) and flexibility of departmental growth. The design of a three story building with a central public core created the desired departmental arrangement for the owner – while allowing for a reasonable amount of flexibility in the future for departmental rearrangement. The use of Revit 3D CADD systems allowed the design staff to quickly and cost effectively illustrate the various design option for the façade, as well as the interior space planning.
The project's location adjacent to an existing tribute garden provided the opportunity for incredible views. The façade includes large expanses of glass especially at the building's corners and entry, which are utilized as conference/meeting/break area spaces to allow natural light to penetrate into the central open office areas. The two flanking stair towers are designed with extensive external and internal glass to bring additional natural light into the central open office areas and to create an inviting space to encourage their use instead of traditional elevators.