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Headquarters, Keyence Corporation
Itasca, IL
Headquarters, Keyence Corporation
Powerful at every level.
An egalitarian headquarters proves all offices are not created equal.
An evolved approach to growth.
Keyence, a leader in the factory automation industry, needed a new headquarters that would support its growing workforce and evolving organizational structure. The new headquarters should emphasize creativity, confidentiality and collaboration, and prioritize the egalitarian power structure central to the company’s lean process. A key tool in showcasing products and attracting and retaining new talent, the space should also reflect and reinforce Keyence’s brand and company culture.

HED’s design approach met each of these criteria. Positioned on two floors and connected by a custom blackened-steel and ash staircase, the renovated interior is divided into public and private spaces. Public spaces include a welcoming reception area, large, open-plan primary workspace, café, informal meeting areas and social spaces. Private conference rooms, work areas and product testing spaces accommodate confidential product development. Keyence’s gray, white and red color scheme is interwoven throughout, projecting a sophisticated minimalism and reinforcingthe company's brand.

Completed, Keyence’s redesigned headquarters are sleek. Spacious. And modern. The new workspace empowers the company to increase both staff size and technical capacity—all while maintaining the integrated, collaborative structure central to the organization.
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We wanted a very open space—the kind of interactive environment where everyone feels comfortable.”
Mike Schatz
Senior Project Manager
Keyence Corporation
Project Data
Headquarters 2015-00928-000
Keyence Corporation
Itasca, IL
PROJECT SCOPE
Interiors
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
77,395
CONSTRUCTION COST
$8.5 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2017
Project Team
  • Enrique Suarez
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Corporate Marketing Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Leonora Georgeoglou
    NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
    Associate Principal
    Sector Leader

An egalitarian headquarters proves all offices are not created equal.
Headquarters, Keyence Corporation
Itasca, IL
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Powerful at every level.