Increased profit potential while creating $1 million in operational savings from catalyst system improvements.
SSOE and The Hershey Company have a long history of working together. As a result, SSOE was selected to perform A/E services for their Global Shared Services renovation, which will turn approximately 50,000 SF of the former manufacturing space into open office space.
The project program required a plan for 250 employees, with two workstation sizes (42 SF and 49 SF) and no private offices. Conference rooms of various sizes were provided in the plan, as well as smaller private meeting spaces for confidential conversation. Serveries—full kitchens with water, refrigeration, and dishwashers—were provided as part of large collaboration areas. An exterior deck was also part of the design with full access to wireless technology, supporting the program requirement that work takes place in both traditional and non-traditional environments.
The former industrial aesthetic of the manufacturing space was preserved, including exposed structure, ductwork, and pendant lighting. Original stone walls and maple flooring were also preserved in select areas. Raised access flooring was provided to level the original manufacturing floors and provide power / data wiring to the workstations. The project received LEED Gold certification.