WRIGLEY GLOBAL INNOVATION CENTER, CHICAGO
The Wrigley's Global Innovation Center, located on the northern terminus of Goose Island in Chicago, is a collaborative ideas-to-reality incubator, fostering the discovery and testing of innovative new product ideas in a state-of-the-art laboratory facility. Opening in 2005, the three-story laboratory and office building became the company's global headquarters in 2012.
The Global Innovation Center features three levels of flexible workspace labs and offices organized around a centralized glazed cable-tensioned winter garden that serves as the symbolic and physical front door for both employees and visitors. The winter garden functions as informal meeting space for the exchange of creative new ideas and contains a myriad of different plant species representing the regions of the globe Wrigley does business. Directly connected to the laboratory facilities is a pilot plant that tests new machinery, manufacturing processes, new product prototypes, consumer testing and evaluations.
LEED Gold certified, the building targets 32% reduced energy usage, 30% water reduction and a 15% reduction of CO2 per year, and features high-efficiency boilers, building automated systems, controls, low-flow fixtures, and recycled materials.
Photographs by James Steinkamp and Mark Ballogg for HOK
Todd Halamka with Gyo Obata
Engineering News-Record Midwest Best Project of the Year
USGBC LEED Gold Certification