A main challenge the team encountered was designing a warm and inviting headquarters for a global tool manufacturing company in a building that was conceived as a warehouse. Our design team implemented a number of design strategies, including new clerestory windows to maximize access to natural light, insulating the interior walls and ceilings for improved thermal comfort, and designing a gym a café, training rooms and a variety of meeting spaces to promote staff interaction and interdisciplinary communication. The buildout was able to achieve LEED CI V4 certification.
The client, a rapidly growing tools manufacturer, wanted to establish a presence in the US. A company that relies on its speed to market model, and thus prioritizes innovation, the client needed an office that would enable this intense caliber of product testing, while providing its employees a comfortable workplace environment. The new space accommodates the company’s tool assembling functions by containing rooms in its warehouse for lithium ion battery assemblage, labs for product testing, and even a “torture chamber” in which tools are pushed to their limits so specialists can determine durability.