□ Administrative offices
□ Research labs
□ Test production facilities
□ Product marketing hub
▣ All of the above
Henkel, parent company for the Dial Corporation, had a bold idea for improving business operations when it decided to create a new corporate headquarters for Dial in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 350,000-square-foot, four-story building would co-locate Dial’s administrative team with its research and development division in one facility for the first time. Why? Because bringing the people who develop products together with those who market, brand and produce them helps spark great ideas and solutions that occur far less often when those teams work separately.
However, research programs require vastly different physical spaces than administrative offices: mechanical systems, air handling systems and construction types, to name just a few. In short, research buildings are posed with the ultimate responsibility for occupant safety and functionality; office spaces are focused on production and collaboration.
We successfully fulfilled Dial’s vision of a built environment that is greater than the sum of its parts. The first two floors are devoted to product research and development, including several pilot plants where Dial test-manufactures products considered for full-scale production. The upper two floors house its administrative employees, creating opportunities for both arms of the business to interact in ways that were never before possible.
Dial Corporate Headquarters & Research and Development Facility