New Global Headquarters
KJWW is providing engineering design and services for Kemin Industries’ new global headquarters building. The company manufactures more than 500 specialty ingredients for the global feed and food industries as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets.
The two-story building is designed as an expansion that will connect the recently opened Molecular Advancement Center (MAC) on the northeast side of the Kemin campus to the new headquarters. The facility will include a bridge concept on the second floor spanning a new courtyard and retention pond. The headquarters will house nearly 350 employees and will include private offices, conference rooms, board room, training rooms, a fitness center, locker rooms, dining facility, commercial kitchen and library. Also included is a Skype room, to be used to communicate with other Kemin offices and clients around the world.
KJWW is providing MEP, fire protection, lighting, and structural design in addition to construction administration services for the project.
Unique characteristics of the project include predominately LED lighting for interior, exterior and landscape illumination, as well as 5000K interior lighting per the owner’s request to provide greater brightness and improved visual acuity. Interior lighting is typically 4100K. The lighting design also met the owner’s goal of 50 foot-candle lighting intensity (30 foot-candle lighting is typical) while still meeting the requirements of the prescribed energy code (IECC 2012).
Structural design challenges included use of long span beams to meet the owner’s vision for part of the building, and maintaining floor-to-structure heights in the cafeteria without interior columns. Beams above the space are long and support the second-floor weight room and workout areas, which have vibration concerns. In addition, the asymmetric building presented geometric constraints for connections and economical framing options.