Key Construction Builds Corgan-Designed HQ For CIGNA

September 28, 2010

CIGNA and CMC Realty Group, along with local Plano and Collin County officials and other dignitaries, celebrated the groundbreaking of CIGNA's new regional headquarters in Plano, TX.

Named CIGNA Pointe, the 210,000-square-foot office building will be situated in the northern 13 acres of a 43-acre master-planned project on the northeast corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Plano Parkway. CIGNA Pointe, the first building to be constructed in the development, will be a four-story office building, divided into two wings on each floor, with each floor to be about 50,000 square feet. The exterior façade of the building will be enhanced with brick, aluminum and painted surface as well as a glass curtain wall. The top floor of the building will be enriched with the glass and aluminum façade and a taller floor height.

Designed by Dallas-based Corgan Associates, Inc., CIGNA's facility will incorporate a rain-capture roof system, an East-West orientation to minimize direct sun exposure, and will be constructed with recycled materials, allowing it to be considered a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified green building. The rain-capture roof system is created by the unique Bird-Wing design with the “wings” sloped in to the center, which forces the rain water to accumulate in the center spin. The water is then carried and stored into large, decorative cisterns located at the bottom of the building. Key Construction is the general contractor.

In its new regional headquarters, CIGNA plans to consolidate employees and operations that are currently in four separate facilities around the metropolitan area. David Toomey, president and general manager of CIGNA HealthCare of Texas, said the new facility will help the company attract and retain employees by offering a working environment that encourages employees to be fit and eat healthy foods. The new facility will include a gym and extensive healthy offerings in the company cafeteria. The property is currently accented by large trees and a wooded creek, and will be enhanced with abundant landscaping, jogging and walking paths as well as picnic areas.

The CIGNA building is expected to be completed in September 2009. Future additions to the site include possible retail areas, additional office buildings, hotel and residential units.