Square Footage: 230,000
Best Corporate Office Over 10,000 Square Feet
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Illinois Chapter, 2013
Hillshire Brands, formerly Sara Lee, turned to Perkins+Will to design a 230,000-square-foot corporate headquarters that would reflect their brand values, business strategies and innovations. Located in a former lithography and printing plant in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, the new headquarters is a progressive office environment that includes multiple complex kitchens, unique conferencing and collaboration spaces including the building’s original water tower. The need to both retain valued team members at the existing facility in Downers Grove and recruit new talent led Hillshire Brands to create a work environment that they defined in their own words as authentic, innovative, inspired, professional and collaborative. Through programming and visioning sessions with members and representatives of the Hillshire Brands company, it was determined that the brand refresh should focus on the company’s differentiating values, their proud heritage as a meat company and their desire to be the most innovative in the industry while providing an interior design that promoted interaction and collaboration between departments and employees. From kick-off to move-in, the project timeline was 11 1/2 months.