Pursell Farms

Sylacauga, Alabama

Located at Pursell Farms, FarmLinks, LLC is a one-of-a-kind golf research and demonstration facility. Conceived of as pole-barns, the Solutions Center and Office Building use an exposed raw wood telephone pole structure and rugged materials to weave the buildings into the surrounding rural landscape. Lap siding and exposed rafters continue the agricultural aesthetic.

The two buildings are oriented on the site to take advantage of passive shading. Private offices are arranged around a central double-height space with clerestory windows that provide day-lighting to the inner portions of the building. Centrally located in the building is a cast-in-place tornado shelter that houses the bathrooms and copy room. Polished concrete floors, exposed wood framing, and wood siding provide an honest palette of materials on the interior.

A covered walk connects the Office building with the Solutions Center that houses an exhibit space, an education theater, a conference room, a snack room and support spaces. The education theater opens onto a rear lawn through a pair of sliding barn doors allowing the groups to experience large equipment directly from the space. The exhibition hall and cart pavilion provide flexible space for large events or trade shows.