“Today’s ceremony underscores MetLife’s belief that technology will play a significant role in transforming the customer experience,” said Marty Lippert, EVP and Head of GTO, MetLife. “We are committed to establishing a best-in-class technology hub grounded in collaboration, talent and innovation, and strive to be the employer of choice for the dynamic, forward-thinking workforce in the Triangle area.”Construction on MetLife’s new technology hub is slated for completion in 2015. MetLife is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification or higher for the state-of-the-art workplace, which will feature an environment designed to facilitate collaboration and innovation. The campus will consist of 427,000 square feet in two 213,500 square foot office buildings with structured parking. The buildings will be situated on 26.5 acres fronting the 520-acre Lake Crabtree, which is adjacent to I-40 and the nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport. In addition, the campus will feature sprawling outside space including a great lawn, amphitheater, patio and places to engage in activities such as basketball and volleyball. The hub is being developed by Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) on existing Highwoods-owned land. Headquartered in Raleigh, Highwoods is a leading real estate investment trust that provides leasing, management, development and construction for its properties and for third parties. The base building architecture team is RTJ+R, which has a growing staff of LEED-accredited professionals dedicated to incorporating sustainable design concepts. The interior architecture team is STUDIOS Architecture, an international design firm focused on architecture, master planning, interior design, environmental graphic design and strategic consulting services. Construction will be managed by Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the largest privately-held construction firms in the country. For more information about MetLife GTO, including job opportunities, visit www.metlifegto.com. MetLife GTO is on Twitter. Follow @ML_TechandOps at https://twitter.com/ML_TechandOps. About MetLife MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.