Covey Leadership Campus
Representing the Covey idea that people need a "personal center", this feature is designed as a ‘campus center' and a teaching icon that expresses the comparison of personal direction and perceived efficiency; "the compass and the clock". At the center of this garden a sculptural sundial (depicting the fickle nature of time) is juxtaposed over a grand compass (depicting the unchanging nature of direction). Surrounding the center is a water feature representing the need for personal reflection and evaluation.
Phase I included a building with Covey principles further reinforced in the lobby through the interior architecture and selection and placement of finishes. In the lobby, the main vector wall radiates from the central campus garden. This wall represents and reinforces our "life focus" in strong juxtaposition against the myriad of other lines of the interior architecture, reflecting the many directions in which our lives are constantly pulled. This reference to the compass is graphically portrayed in the center seating area, where the four points of the compass are inset into a circular carpet area that contrasts against an overall linear carpet pattern that runs in different directions throughout the rest of the lobby, again complementing the architectural lines of the building. Materials in the lobby include stainless steel, glass, painted gyp board, carpet, and wood. These materials relate to different aspects of the Covey teachings. The large central wood wall that spans both floors of the lobby is the center of attention, reinforcing a warm and natural "quilt" that is an icon for the natural laws by which we are governed. Suspended gyp board ceiling panels have received a spectacular specialty paint with up lighting, an icon for the focus on our spiritual self.
Building design, entrance orientation and lobbies all complement this concept and individually represent other principles taught by the Covey Leadership Center. The Campus plan recognizes and builds upon the idea that the space sculpted between buildings can be more important than the design of the building itself. This design approach resulted in a highly creative and functional project that completely satisfies exceeds client objectives and satisfaction.