Haworth To Renovate HQ

May 23, 2005
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HOLLAND — In what Chairman and CEO Richard Haworth calls the company’s most significant building project ever, Haworth Inc. today announced that it will break ground in early 2006 on a complete renovation and 40,000-square-foot expansion of its 260,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Holland.

“The renovation embodies our commitment to the architecture and design community, who specify our products, and to our end-user customers who purchase and use them,” Richard Haworth said. “The project represents the full realization of our corporate capabilities. It’s about doing for ourselves what we do for our customers: creating great spaces that foster innovative thinking, enhance the performance of our members, and adapt cost-effectively to the changing needs of business.”

While the privately held company has not revealed the cost of the renovation, Haworth said it represents the most significant building project his company has undertaken in its 57-year history.

Chicago-based architect Ralph Johnson and designer Eva Maddox of Perkins + Will are designing the renovation. Maddox designed Haworth’s award-winning NeoCon showroom and its recently opened Santa Monica, Calif., showroom. Johnson’s projects include the O’Hare International terminal and the federal courthouse in Los Angeles

Turner Construction Co. has been named construction manager.

The project will completely remake the entire 1,000-foot-long facade of the building, add a sun-filled atrium, and will include a section of roofline that gently angles down to blend with the surrounding environment.

Consistent with Haworth’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the project will meet and exceed the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. LEED is the model for sustainable building design developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We have expanded our capability to deliver high-performance workspaces,” Richard Haworth said. “However, our headquarters were built before many of these new products and ideas ever existed. This renovation will demonstrate our capabilities in ways that will inspire our customers.”

Over the past 25 years, he said, Haworth has evolved from a focused manufacturer of office furniture systems to a global enterprise whose product lines include moveable walls, raised access flooring, lighting, modular cabling and wiring, systems furniture, seating, storage, and wood casegoods.

Earlier this week, Gov. Jennifer Granholm honored the company for a consolidation that brought 200 jobs to the West Michigan region.

“This renovation will demonstrate how our product lines work together to provide what we call ‘adaptable workspaces,’” Richard Haworth said. “Adaptable workspaces allow companies to save time and money in reconfiguration, adapt to future needs that they can’t even anticipate right now, save energy, reduce landfill waste and realize higher performance from their workers. Plus, they’re beautiful.”    

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