Architect & Contractor: Oliver Construction Co.
Owner: Generac Power Systems
Continuing a powerful transformation of a 1965 manufacturing facility into a world-class headquarters, the latest phase of this corporate remodeling takes design cues from the physical representation of the image of Generac’s “power bar.”
The first part of this phase, Phase 4, consisted of transforming a 2-story heavy manufacturing area into a new circulation spine affectionately referred to as the “power bar hallway” due to its geometry. A new atrium, cut into the existing second floor, brings daylight to this route and a new accessible employee entrance anchors the end.
The second floor houses a new training facility consisting of large flexible meeting spaces and a 300-seat auditorium for training and streaming to satellite facilities. The existing structure’s height limitation and tight column spacing required careful attention to the orientation of the new auditorium. The auditorium’s layout has a sole column located at its center, but 3D modeling and rendering during the design process ensured that no seats in the final product have an obstructed view.
This phase also includes the addition of natural daylight into remodeled areas through the existing masonry walls wherever possible. Besides the expansion of open office area, employees also enjoy a new wellness center and fitness studio for group instruction.
Photos: Joe Haas Media