Nestle USA Harper Building Renovation5750 Harper Road
Solon, OH 44139
Design Achievement - Employees in Nestle’s First Floor Harper Building no longer occupy a typical workstation on a daily basis; rather they prioritize where they reside based on their tasks at hand. Nestle’s key ambition behind the renovation was to develop an environment where spaces are attributed to activities rather than individuals, inspired by their recently rolled out European design standards. DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky’s design introduced a continuum of task-oriented spaces ranging from quiet rooms for high focus, open office spaces for daily tasks and routine production, as well as shared social hubs and conference rooms for formal/informal degrees of collaboration. The spaces are organized with attention to adjacencies for integration: every employee can easily access the different environments regardless of where they are working on any given day. Whereas the Harper Building was formerly divided and disconnected by hard-wall offices, kitchens, and conference spaces, the renovation reduces the number of closed spaces – even eliminating entirely the private office. At the remaining enclosed spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass storefronts to provide a high degree of openness and transparency.
Scope Summary - This project was a complete renovation of the 55,500 SF First Floor of Nestle’s Harper Building in Solon, Ohio. This included selective demolition and construction of walls and ceilings, finishes and fixtures of all types, and FF&E. Since the standards did not address ceilings or colors, the team developed options geared toward imprinting the new activity-based organization. Ceiling and lighting patterns further distinguish shared/hub spaces and workstation areas. The color palette was customized toward a complementary finish palette more attuned to northeast Ohio than Europe. The program includes telco booths and quiet rooms; open office spaces and huddle rooms; conference rooms of varying sizes, and two large hubs for socialization and collaboration. DLR Group | WRL provided architecture, interior design, MEP engineering, structural engineering, fire protection engineering, telecommunications design, and FF&E services.