Works that build future: New CMPC´s corporate building in southern Chile

Sustainable, open to the community, modern, innovative and built in wood. This is how the new corporate building of CMPC located in the city of Los Angeles, Biobío region, in southern Chile, is.

Those characteristics are not the result of chance, but rather the results of a project that was conceived by the Company under a vision of the future.

In addition to having the idea of ​​building a place that would gather all the offices that CMPC had in the southern area of the country, it was decided to build a new headquarters that, in addition to fulfilling this will, was a reflection of the DNA of CMPC: to seek for sustainable initiatives to solve problems of the future.

Under that concept, the architect in charge of the project, Luis Izquierdo, of Izquierdo & Lehman, designed a building that combines four pillars that were very important to the Company: that it was built in wood, a noble and renewable material that grows in certified CMPC plantations; that allows the local community to learn through its facilities about the forest and environment; where their collaborators can work more integrated, to achieve greater productivity; and where science and technology can be present, since all the forestry building is based on studies, development and innovation carried out in labs, and then with those results growing as plants in greenhouses and nurseries.

The result of this work is reflected in what is today a building of 203 meters long and 16 meters wide, in which 470 employees of CMPC work since the end of 2018; which has three levels: two of them have open work spaces, 35 meeting rooms, three telepresence rooms, ten videoconference rooms, an auditorium for 100 people, a dining hall for 180, a sports area of ​​1,183 square meters that includes a multi-court, a gymn and dressing rooms, and science labs; and another level with parking lots for 270 vehicles. It also has a tennis court, six greenhouse ships, an amphitheater, a heliport, and green areas of native vegetation, all in its exterior.

Being the only and the first building of that size in Chile to be built in wood, it has become an icon in the world of architecture and design, a sector that has been interested in learning more about the construction of large works with that natural material. In addition, it is the only one in the country to have FSC and LEED certifications for its sustainable characteristics.

This interest in the work has been reflected through various visits that businessmen, teachers and students have made to the building since its construction stage, as well as it was demonstrated at its inauguration on March 14th, 2019, in a ceremony that included the presence of authorities of the Government of Chile and the Biobío region, business leaders, representatives of the world of architecture, executives of CMPC, among other guests.