This 39,000 SF office for Palmetto Electric Cooperative Inc. serves as a regional office for its clients and and a corporate headquarters containing executive, engineering, marketing, operations and information staff. The structure, an essential facility that will operate through most intense tropical weather, emphasizes the important factors associated with emergency support. The facility has generators and UPS systems that allow the concrete walled and roofed control center within to maintain knowledge of the thousands of miles of utility lines in Palmetto Electric’s service area. Brick and stucco, combined with metal-framed translucent panels, give the simultaneous feeling of lightness and stability. A two-story spine with clerestory allows daylight into the main corridor and projects through the two-story lobby into the landscape as a porch joining the inside and outside.