WARE MALCOMB ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF GOLDEN STATE FOODS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE TEST KITCHEN AND INNOVATION CENTER IN CHICAGO
Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced construction is complete on the new gsf Innovation Center located at 322 South Green Street in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Ware Malcomb provided interior architecture and design services for the project. The project has been awarded the People’s Choice Award in the 7th Annual IIDA Illinois RED Awards program, which honors projects for their exemplary design and innovation.
Founded in 1947, Golden State Foods is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the food service industry. The company’s new Innovation Center serves as a place to gather and experience Golden State Foods’ products. The 4,300 square foot space includes a test kitchen, culinary research & development lab, and creative office space including a work lounge, conference rooms, and touch-down hoteling areas – all in an open loft environment.
Inspired by the energy of its West Loop location, the design team implemented a concept called “The Chicago Kitchen Table” to bring the project to life. Like the kitchen table of a home, the space is designed to serve as the heart and soul that connects Golden State Foods’ products and their restaurant partners. Classic, timeless materials were utilized throughout the space including wood, glass, brick, black iron and concrete.
“Our goal was to create a space that fuses Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood culture with Golden State Foods’ trusted, global brand,” said Dawn Riegel, Director, Interior Architecture & Design of Ware Malcomb’s Chicago and Oak Brook offices. “It was important to combine a hospitality feel with a world-class culinary and office space that reflects the innovation and values of Golden State Foods.”
The General Contractor for the project was Summit Design + Build.
In 2014, Ware Malcomb provided architecture and interior design services for the LEED Gold Certified 156,691 square foot facility for Golden State Foods located at 8901 W. 47th Street in McCook, Ill. The facility includes a distribution center, Class A office space, a test kitchen, and a separate truck maintenance building.
About Ware Malcomb (waremalcomb.com)
Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is an international design firm providing planning, architecture, interior design, branding, civil engineering and building measurement services to commercial real estate and corporate clients. With 24 office locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama, the firm specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/educational facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm and Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 30 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s Top 100 Giants. For more information, visit waremalcomb.com/news and view Ware Malcomb’s Design Highlights video at youtube.com/waremalcomb.
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