Reader’s Digest Association was looking forward to the opportunity to transform their office culture in a new, fresh space with a move to Milwaukee. The goal of the new office was to establish a more forward-thinking culture, and increase collaboration and openness leading to more fun, energy and innovation. It was also important that their new space accurately reflect their brand − classic and timeless, but refreshed and relevant to today.
The location for Reader's Digest was changed at the last minute while the team was in the midst of designing their new space and, as such, the project schedule had zero flexibility. Kahler Slater quickly switched gears from the first location to planning and designing what would become a 48,400-square-foot space located at Schlitz Park in Milwaukee’s downtown.
Adding to the complexity of the project, the program included three new test kitchens and a large, fully capable photography studio. Kahler Slater's collaboration with engineering and construction partners helped to ensure functioning kitchens in time for the new office launch. The end result is a successful space within budget, delivered on a demanding schedule and transforming their office culture to reflect the now forward-looking brand.