Land O’Lakes Headquarters Expansion
Land O’Lakes had a problem: after years of leasing office space in remote locations, the growing co-op wanted to consolidate its far-flung employees back onto their main campus. A holistic approach incorporating real estate analysis, integrated site strategy, and innovative solutions to workplace needs, produced a solution that brought all employees back together.
A nearly 100-year-old cooperative that is transforming the future, the Land O’Lakes work philosophy enables agility and innovative approaches to workplace design. The new building re-imagines the idea of the campus, shifting from the outwardly-focused organization of the original headquarters to a centralized campus built around an open courtyard, redirecting the focus to community and collaboration. Bathed in daylight, a variety of spaces supporting individual, team, and collaborative work emphasizes the co-op’s mission, working together for the common good.
Cutting across the organized open workplace zones is a bright, fluid space called the ‘pollinator path’ which winds throughout the building, shaping a variety of unique moments and collaboration spaces that connect previously siloed departments and processes and encourages employees to interact more accidentally or incidentally. Inspired by the client’s deep connection to agriculture, this path fosters ecosystems of interdepartmental cooperation, movement, transparency, and views to nature.
Guided by a workplace strategy that grew out of extensive site observation and data collection, a new model of open office workplace was developed, allowing Land O’Lakes to accommodate growth in less space through a flexible and agile workplace environment designed to accommodate both traditional and free-address arrangements.
Peter Janzen, SVP, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, Land O’Lakes
Christopher J. Policinski, CEO, Land O’Lakes