Transformative Adaption Yields High Returns
CannonDesign started working with Clorox’s California-based research and development group in 2011 to better understand work patterns across its R&D facilities and to develop new a new interdisciplinary entrepreneurial culture that will enhance efficiency, increase productivity and align working environments with their brand experience.
Using data from occupancy studies and surveys, coupled with leadership and stakeholder interviews, CannonDesign helped Clorox create a new interdepartmental organizational structure, a series of aligned work style profiles and developed highly efficient new scientific workplace solutions to support them.
The first initiative was executed in Kennesaw, Georgia. Shortly thereafter, and based on the lessons learned from this pilot study, CannonDesign helped transform Clorox’s largest R&D campus in Pleasanton, CA and realize significant real estate and operational efficiencies, based on the new strategy. This New Scientific Workplace comprises the 363,000 sf renovations of the four buildings on the former Washington Mutual campus for research and development laboratories, administrative offices, café and conference center plus a new pilot plant and warehouse facility.
I’m mobile, I don’t have an office, I work out there on the floor as do all the other leaders. It breaks down hierarchies, and it allows so much faster communication and decision making because we’re all in it together. And it’s actually a really cool environment, very informal.
– Wayne Delker Senior Vice President + Chief Innovation Officer
The new workplace strategy creates a 33% reduction in real estate space over previous R&D facility.