Attracting the next generation of innovators.
Holistic planning for a New Scientific Workplace
The need to attract and retain valuable talent is universal, but in the realm of chemical and product R&D it is especially competitive. Recognizing their aging, outgrown facility was acting as a deterrent to attracting valuable talent, Wacker Chemical made the commitment to building a new R&D workplace in a highly desirable community. Wacker turned to HED to design an upscale, modern, desirable workplace that would attract top young talent and be twice as large as the original.
An engagement plan that brought together over a third of Wacker's staff highlighted the features most important to their work culture: flexibility, ergonomic workstations, and plentiful daylighting. Due to the nature and complexity of the project, experts from the scientific workplace team worked collaboratively within these engagement workshops, executive steering committee and move ambassador committees, addressing the needs and desires of three different groups. These multiple points of engagement resulted in a positive impact to the culture of the workplace fostering more collaboration, interaction, and innovation.
The new 165,000 square foot building’s “extroverted design” of sweeping glass will help engage employees and visitors with the surrounding landscape and community context to create a highly experiential and interactive environment that inspires and activates its occupants. Long north and south building faces use their ideal solar orientation to allow the building and its inner workings to open up and engage with the surrounding context with a focus on access to views, daylight and transparency.