Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago Innovation Center
West Chicago, Illinois
“Growing a Green Future” was chosen as an overarching vision of the project, and it is supported by three key objectives: “Enable Great Science”, “Evolve Work Culture”, and “Communicate Research Activity”. To promote the highest-level research and development, collaboration through transparency and proximity are key strategies in the new facility. Because of a focus on employee productivity and wellness combined with a passion for plants and gardening, there is a very intentional and direct connection between the laboratories and the garden landscape.
Through a collaborative process with the Steering Committee and a systematic and parallel approach between building design and laboratory planning, the project team created a solution that encompasses all required adjacencies between technical areas, a strong consideration to the site, connection to the gardens, and connections to existing building structures and activities on campus.