First Taste Nestlé USA introduces modernized workplace approach at renovated Harper Road Building By Doug Bardwell | Photos by Kevin Reeves I t’s a familiar sight to many in Northeast Ohio. Just off Route 422 in Solon sits Nestlé’s produc-tion facility and an iconic 13-story freezer, where the Stouffer’s logo looms high. Acquired by Nestlé in 1973, Stouffer’s was the first of many brands on the now 82-acre campus, located near the intersection of Harper and Bainbridge roads in the eastern Cleveland suburb. Over the years, more Nestlé businesses – and employees – have moved to Solon. Soon, more than 2,300 people will work on the campus, now home to Nestlé USA’s Food and Baking divisions, Nestlé Development Center Solon, and several other businesses and corporate functions. To accommodate continued growth in business and people, the Harper Road Building, which opened in 1969, has undergone a complete renova-tion and is the first Nestlé corporate site in the U.S. to adopt the Nestlé Global Smarter Workplace standards and guidelines. This “smart office” design features an open workspace with natural lighting and meeting spaces designed to foster enhanced communication and collaboration. The 103,000-square-foot, $21 million project houses some of Nestlé USA’s most critical functions. These teams, which were assigned to the Harper Road Building, will be the first Nestlé employees in the U.S. to utilize the global New Ways of Working/ Smarter Workplace concept. “Our goal was to create a hub for both Technical & Production and Supply Chain to bring their teams under one roof in Solon without adding real estate, and to not only optimize space, but also provide unique amenities for employ-ees that allow them to choose where and how to work in order to be most productive,” says Nestlé USA Head of Corporate Facilities and Security Kira Kabo, LEED AP+. To help bring the project to life, Nestlé engaged Westlake Reed Leskosky/DLR Group for interior www.propertiesmag.com 21 Creatively accommodating growth In 2016, Nestlé announced that its Technical & Production organization (which i nclude s bu si ne s s f u nction s ranging from quality management and regulatory, to engineering and safety, health and environment) as well as all Supply Chain teams (including procurement and supply chain finance) would transition to the multi-functional Solon campus. The move would bring these critical functions closer to Nestlé USA facto-ries, 75% of which are located in the eastern half of the country.