The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum with well-know brands such as Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, and Hubba Bubba. Since 2001, new products created by Wrigley have contributed an average of nearly 20 percent to the company's global sales.
In support of this growth and to further its commitment to strategic innovation, Wrigley opened the Global Innovation Center on Chicago's Goose Island. The three-story, 193,000-sf office/lab building provides space and resources for the company's team of scientists, designers, technicians, and marketers to continue creating high-quality confectionery products. Flexible office space and laboratories designed with collaboration in mind provide modular furniture and equipment to facilitate communication and sharing among the disciplines of Sensory, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Research & Development, Packaging Innovation, and Global Engineering.
Flexible lab spaces are designed with flexible office space allowing areas to be reconfigured with little or no construction. Lab and office spaces can easily change as project teams are formed and reformed. The laboratories consist of seven 40' x 22' modules and can be subdivided into 11-foot increments. One half of the 24-foot lab bench is fixed with services and sinks. The remaining 12-foot section is moveable along with lab casework and cabinets, and can be reconfigured as needed. Write-up space, chemical fume hoods, and perimeter casework are the only other fixed elements in the lab.
Collaboration, functionality, and flexibility are major themes in the design of the Global Innovation Center. The facility is equipped with the latest in wireless connectivity, Voice over IP, and video conferencing technology. "Hotel" space accommodates visitors and project work rooms are located throughout the Center. All conference rooms are equipped with a wall-mounted whiteboard and tack board, and moveable 30" x 60" tables. Meeting rooms, break rooms, rest rooms, and copy areas are scattered among the departments facilitating circulation and maximizing interaction. Basic furniture and moveable whiteboards can accommodate any size meeting at almost any location. The dining room can be altered with an operable wall to accommodate meetings of various sizes while continuing to serve Wrigley employees.
Featured elements include a glass tension-cabled ceiling over the center of the building flooding the interior spaces with natural light and supporting indoor plant growth. Color-glazed glass panels are designed to temper sunlight and keep the interior from getting too hot in the summer. A Winter Garden under the 540 glass panels features meeting areas equipped with power and data outlets, 25 different plant species from four continents, and timed high-intensity lighting to ensure continued growth of the plants during the Chicago winters.
Labs and offices in the main building have a direct connection to a 40,000-sf pilot plant, located on the tip of Goose Island, which enables Wrigley to scale up from lab-size batches to commercial production of new products. The plant also features a "green" roof that provides added insulation and heat deflection. Insulation protects the liquid applied roofing membrane. On top of the insulation are filter fabric, a drainage mat, and three inches of soil. A glass-enclosed landing on the third floor of the pilot plant allows employees to view the garden, with plants such sedum, herbs, grasses, and other vegetation that can withstand harsh growing conditions.