Corporate Headquarters Exemplifies Sustainable Design

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island


The design and commissioning of this health care company’s new corporate headquarters achieved both energy efficiency and significant cost savings. This 13-story, LEED Gold-certified tower is the new home for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s 1,100 employees in downtown Providence.

Rising atop an underground parking garage and ground floor retail shops in a prominent location in the city’s Capital Center District, the facility includes a fitness center, an employee cafe, a 3,400-SF raised-floor data center, training rooms and customer call center.

BVH commissioned the building’s MEP systems. The ventilation and air conditioning system serving the building is automatically controlled to adjust the amount of conditioned outdoor air to occupied spaces based on occupancy using a demand control strategy: when occupancy is high, the systems increases the amount of ventilation air as appropriate; when occupancy is low, the system automatically reduces the amount of outdoor air, thereby saving a substantial amount of energy.


Symmes Maini & McKee Associates Architects

Size / Cost

325,000 SF / $90 million