Wight & Company Completes Design and Construction of Headquarters for National Food Company
May 1, 2015
Wight & Company has delivered a new corporate headquarters for client Land O’Frost, a company known for its national brands of lunchmeats and sausages. The headquarters, just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, was designed as the home for executive staff, as well as an innovation center for the creation of new products. The 28,000-square foot “Class A” office building includes a technology-rich open office environment, a restaurant-quality demonstration kitchen, and a “pilot plant” for exploring new manufacturing and product ideas.
Land O’Frost’s new, brand-infused headquarters in Munster, IN replaces an outdated facility in Lansing, IL that previously served as the company’s home. Although located in a typical office park-like setting, the Land O’Frost building is a standout. From a distance, the clean image of a striking white façade with large amounts of glass emerges. A clearly orchestrated and welcoming entry sequence leads the user into an elegant reception area and an adjacent two-story, daylit atrium that houses an open demonstration kitchen and dining area, while visually connecting two floors of office space.
The first floor houses the demonstration kitchen and the pilot plant, a laboratory-like space. Within the pilot plant is a fully equipped, USDA-approved facility featuring a spice room and meat curing and smoking machinery. This pilot plant gives Land O’Frost the ability to quickly explore the viability of ideas for potential future products and efficiencies.
The entire second floor of the building is dedicated to corporate functions and includes a large open office work environment, along with C-suite private offices. With a focus on collaboration, the interior design features huddle rooms, breakout and conference space throughout the facility. The interior features a palette of whites and neutrals, with splashes of red and gold reflecting Land O’Frost’s brand identity.
The concept was selected from a series of options that Wight & Company developed for Land O’Frost’s consideration. Founded in 1941, Land O’Frost is a third-generation, family-owned company that employs more than 1,100 people nationwide. Integrated technology throughout the Munster building supports live interaction between headquarters and Land O’Frost production hubs in Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas and Nebraska.
As Land O’Frost president and CEO David VanEekeren explained, “We partnered with Wight & Company to create a space that encourages collaboration, supports research and development, and will help us attract and retain the best talent in our industry. This new facility will serve as a platform for sustained growth and help us continue to provide innovative products to the marketplace for years to come.”
According to Wight & Company’s Michael Lubbers, “Land O’Frost’s new home accommodates future expansion and makes a statement about who this company is and where it is heading in the future. We delivered a stunning facility that communicates the high quality of Land O’Frost’s products and celebrates the people who are responsible for that quality.” Lubbers, vice president and creative director at Wight & Company, served as the design director on the project. Other team members included Jim Mark, Brian Blight, Matt Zolecki, Nicole Rogers, Brian Kukla, and Joe Webb. Design work on the project began in March of 2010. Groundbreaking took place in 2013 and construction was completed in late 2014.