The Hershey Company’s Shanghai, China Technical Center was designed to support the company’s immersion in the China confectionery market. The project included the build-out of a two-story, 20,000 SF leased space. The space was part of a six-story office building complex, which would provide for future expansion. The facility consists of research and development (R&D) functions (pilot plant, wet and dry laboratories, and packaging laboratory), as well as an open office space for 35 people, library, sensory testing, creativity and conference rooms, and breakout areas.
Working in close communication with the client proved key to the success of this project. A sound understand of their processes was vital in the creation of an efficient design during the project’s programming phase. These newly created spaces will assist in the development and production of chocolate bars, Twizzlers, and Jolly Ranchers, while allowing for continuous research and development in support of new products for the Chinese market.
Interior treatments included a library with an over-sized chocolate bar soffit that functions as the central focus for the second floor laboratories and creativity spaces. Hershey branding was used throughout the space to create pops of color and reinforce their brand and culture. Branding colors were incorporated into laboratory spaces along with access to daylight. Quartz countertops were used to provide a bright and modern feel.