When Miller Brewing Company and Coors merged, the need for a training facility to support enterprise initiatives became a priority. Kahler Slater was selected to guide MillerCoors on a master plan of the new facility, with special emphasis on the new MillerCoors University (MCU), the visitor and employee entrance experience, a space for large gatherings, and the relocation of the Great Lakes Regional Offices (GLRO).
MCU was the first phase of the master plan to be implemented, and its location at the crossroads of the employee and visitor circulation paths allowed for an open and transparent entry comprised of previously underutilized space. The primary circulation space doubles as informal breakout and touchdown spaces that support the more collaborative instructional model used in the primary training rooms.
A communal dining area anchors the breakout space and offers students a unique view of the working brewery. Adjacent to the MillerCoors University space, the GLRO sales office relocation was designed with several impromptu meeting and hoteling stations to help the group transition to a more open office and flexible work style. The master plan for the visitor experience is designed to immediately immerse the visitor into the heritage, products and services of MillerCoors.