Square Footage: 75,000
Perkins+Will partnered with Barilla America to design their new North American headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. The project consisted of selective renovation of an existing two-story building to incorporate their brand and enhance team culture. This 75,000 square-foot facility includes a demonstration kitchen with commercial grade cooking equipment, testing laboratories, multi-purpose dining room, café with cappuccino/espresso bar, sensory tasting area, workplaces with ample collaborative spaces, and an employee fitness center. Brand is integrated throughout using Barilla photography, artwork, mission quotes, company colors, and product displays.
The space’s highlights include the 2nd floor dining room with a custom 24’ long table made from reclaimed walnut slabs. The “big table” is used for both conference and dining, bringing coworkers together for discussion or a shared meal. The adjacent demonstration kitchen is designed to be videography ready and is used to regularly host outside guests to live cooking demonstrations. The kitchen space and testing laboratories enhance both the Barilla employee and customer experience while enabling new research and innovation capabilities.
The project required an aggressive eight month delivery schedule for both design and construction. Perkins+Will delivered the renovation on time by utilizing a concentrated work stream, key consultant integration, and compressed delivery schedule.