Hewlett-Packard today celebrated the opening of its new $28 million 150,000-SF services center in Meadows Office & Technology Park in Conway.

The building is designed to house the 1,000 people the tech firm plans to employ over the next four years. Arkansas Business got a tour of the offices after employees began moving into the LEED-certified facility in December.

Shannon Marnitz, the director of the central Arkansas site and consumer support, said HP carefully considered the design of the building, aiming for an atmosphere that enhances productivity:

Gensler of San Francisco designed the interior, per the directions of HP, to encourage employees to work wherever is comfortable, unless they're on the phone. The building has several lounge areas with "funky lighting," Marnitz said, to encourage a boundless work environment.

The building structure and exterior, designed by The Wilcox Group of Little Rock, also achieved LEED certification.

Many of the floors are a mixture of concrete and recycled glass, which acts as filler and a decoration. The trendy furniture is also made with some recycled material, Ambrose said.

The building is designed to keep its lighting from polluting the night sky. With no light traveling upward, the HP building cannot be blamed for the ambient light that masks starry skies, said April Ambrose, a project manager at Viridian, a green building consulting firm in Little Rock that worked with HP on the Conway project.

For a quick photo-tour of the building, click here to see a slideshow.