Location: North Canton, OH
Size: 60,000 SF
Structural Engineers: Thorson Baker & Associates
MEP Engineers: Bandwen Williams Kindbom
Construction Manager: Welty Building Company
Construction Administration: Sol Harris Day Architects
Award: LEED certified
The Timken Co., based in Canton, OH, makes high-quality steel for industrial clients, including ball bearings for everything from pens to airplane engines. It wanted to consolidate its Canton-area offices to bring 2,000 area employees in-house and create a world-class research headquarters to support global collaboration and project a progressive image to retain talent. The challenge was to retrofit the existing research center and connect it to the new construction.
The project consists of renovating an existing 60,000-square-foot technology center and building a 160,000-square-foot two story addition. The exterior of the new building re-employs a similar ribbon window as the existing, but with a twist. The ribbon windows patterns have been updated with a new pattern of mullions to bring a sense of movement and rhythm to the façade reminiscent of the movement facilitated by the ball bearings. The entry is highlighted by a thin steel canopy with a scaled pattern of metal panel on the underside that wraps the entrance.
Programmatically, two spines have been created, one for the internal workplace and one for the public social areas. Their workplace area is transformed from many private office and cubicles with tall partitions to a more open workplace with fewer private offices and lower workstation partitions. Workstations have been organized at the perimeter of the buildings with collaboration and break-out meeting areas and pantries scattered between. The public social area intersects with the workplace zone. This zone consists of the front plaza, main lobby, main communicating stair, cafeteria and courtyard. The large stair, meant also as a socializing space, has a two-story backdrop of glass panels of varying transparency and shades that animate this communal space.
[designed while at Gensler]