Originally constructed in 1992, the Research and Development Building has experienced tremendous growth over the past number of years. When originally designed by Domokur Architects, the facility housed 46,000 SF of R&D spaces and included office and meeting spaces, multiple benchtop laboratories and a single, high bay pilot plant. Over the facility’s history, Domokur Architects have completed multiple additions and major renovations providing design and construction management services. With each stage of corporate growth, the client has sought to consolidate its R&D facilities under one roof to take advantage of shared functions and intellectual synergies. In 2017, Domokur Architects completed the design and construction of addition and renovation that brings the facility to 242,000 SF.
In addition to the office, conference and basic support spaces, the current facility houses multiple benchtop analytical laboratories, packaging laboratory, rapid prototyping center, machine shop, multiple controlled temperature and controlled humidity storage rooms and five high bay pilot plants. To further integrate multiple business center staffs, the project included a large, multi-story break room that may be used for “town hall” communication meetings.
The 2017 project also included the relocation of assets from the west coast to the Orrville campus. Domokur Architects coordinated the relocation of R&D assents including the inventory, cataloging, documentation of utility and service connections, disconnection, loading, transport, unloading, placement and reassembly.