Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Meijer is credited with pioneering the modern supercenter concept in 1962. During the 1980’s as Meijer stores were popping up across the Midwest, the Fredrick Meijer Building came on line to serve as the headquarters for the “hypermarket” chain. Solidly traditional, the 4-story brick, cubical-filled headquarters was the epitome of the office building typology: a symmetrical foot print, tall systems furniture and a uniform setting with minimal departmental identity. However, over the last thirty years the office devolved from 1980’s sleek and modern to uninspired and irrelevant. Charged with the task of bringing the flagship Fredrick Meijer Building into the “21st” Century, project designers began by adding two skylights and open stairwells in the middle of the work floor. These openings bring natural light into the center of the workplace and foster connectivity and flexibility with adjacent collaboration zones. Aiding wayfinding and identity, each floor features a unique interior finish strategy with graphic billboards that celebrate Meijer heritage and support multiple postures for planned and impromptu meetings. These open |dynamic spaces encourage staff to move both vertically and horizontally throughout the office. Low profile systems furniture promotes the flow of energy and natural light from the collaboration space throughout the office. A wood feature wall extends from the central core into the work floor, informing movement and connecting each floor’s interior finish solution. The cafe was relocated and envisioned with numerous seating options promoting food centric collaboration and time away from work. The cafe environment, featuring abundant Meijer food fare, deliberately simulates a coffee shop | restaurant experience. Adjacent to the updated café, the new first floor conference center utilizes operable walls and a low profile raised floor system to maximize flexibility and programmability. Meijer Fresh. A brand equally relevant for produce and the newly renovated Fredrick Meijer Building.