Eaton Corporation is a global technology leader in electrical systems and power management solutions. This cutting edge organization had found that their facility was inhibiting their ability to attract and retain the top talent needed to keep up with the competitive global market. Eaton decided it was time to relocate and use a new building project as an opportunity to better support the organization’s culture, create a more efficient work space and design an environment that could be used as a strategic tool to recruit the best employees.
The new building is 110,000 square feet with about half consisting of office space and the remainder lab space. The design team looked at ways to increase efficiencies and employee collaboration through the layout by increasing the lab space and decreasing desk space so that engineers are encouraged to work in the lab together instead of at their individual desks. The lab space required a complex infrastructure design to accommodate the high level of electrical power needs required. The reduction in individual work space is also offset by an increased amount of communal and small impromptu meeting spaces to further increase efficiencies and employee collaboration.
One of the key project drivers is to create a building with a strong sustainable design, to reflect Eaton’s culture and mission to provide sustainable power management solutions for their customers. The building is pursuing LEED certification. Glass-walled electrical rooms show off the equipment used to run the facility, offering an opportunity to showcase their own product in use. Environmental branding throughout the facility offers additional opportunities for Eaton to tell their success stories, market their products and celebrate the company’s rich history.