Viking Group, Inc.
New Corporate Headquarters Facility
Byce & Associates, Inc. is providing Architectural, Interior Design, and Engineering services for a New Corporate Headquarters Facility for Viking Group, Inc. in Caledonia, Michigan. The new facility, situated halfway between the company’s two existing facilities in Hastings and Grand Rapids, will free up space in the Hastings location for the continuation of existing manufacturing operations and allow for future expansion of their manufacturing footprint.
The intent of this new 2-story, 173,455 square foot building is to provide a cost effective, iconic facility for design, training, manufacturing, and production processes. The space will include space for HR, marketing, and finance departments, meeting rooms, collaboration areas, production areas, conference rooms, and significant room for additional growth. Another important aspect to this building is an expanded, state-of-the-art, Research and Development Center, complete with operable ceiling systems, Foam Room, dedicated testing areas, and a customized tool room for prototyping of ideas and concepts. A high-tech training facility is also featured to support the organizations goal of becoming the recognized leader in fire protection training. A main feature though, important for employee retention and company culture, is the employee café. This dynamic double height space brings in natural daylight through a curtainwall system, while also connecting the two levels together, furthering the open and collaborative company culture.
As part of the move to a new facility, the company will be going through a major cultural shift, transitioning from a traditional office environment to a new open, collaborative space. So, following the design process was important, ensuring that the building functions cohesively with this change and allows for easy cross development of ideas and functions throughout the company. The design team created a modern, professional work environment, that promotes creativity and innovation through an open and collaborative floorplan.