Size: 178,343 square feet
Status: Completed 2009
Program: New construction of sustainable corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility
J.W. Speaker Corporate Headquarters
The ownerâ€™s directive was to create a state-of-the-art stage for manufacturing operations combined closely with supporting office functions. The phrase â€˜manufacturing as theaterâ€™ was coined early in the process to embody the goal of blurring the separation between â€˜officeâ€™ and â€˜productionâ€™. While the owner desired no physical barrier between production/assembly and offices, practical issues led the design team to place a â€˜clear wallâ€™ of structural glass between the two. This design solution eliminates noise and dust, while providing a dramatic visual connection that supports the commitment to â€˜no-barriersâ€™.
Although manufacutring requirements demanded a high-bay industrial structure, TKWA divided office areas into a series of â€˜buildings within a building,â€™ creating a village-like feel with a gradient of spaces This approach produced a workplace that marries two diverse functions – manufacturing and office – into a building that is appealing for all occupants.
The impact of the building design is significant – employee morale and team spirit are high, absenteeism is low, and and the company products remain premier quality. The contributions of all employees are recognized and reinforced by a work setting that emphasizes openness, awareness and respect, all filled with color and natural daylight. Â Â
The energy efficient design features abundant natural daylight for both office spaces and in manufacturing areas where quality of lighting is critical. Tilt-up concrete walls provide greater thermal mass to reduce building temperature fluctuations. Large steel sunshades reduce solar gain. Terraced bioswales help reduce site stormwater runoff.