Celestial Seasonings produces over 50% of the herbal tea in the United States and is well known for its creative packaging and quality products. The Celestial Seasoning's headquarters was designed by OZ Architecture to reflect the classical image of this international tea manufacturing company as well as to suit the building's functional needs. The concept for the building was derived from the three functional areas of the building. The Visitors Center, including a gift store and tea bar available for tea testing and sampling, is located near the main site entry and parking area. The Visitors Center is connected to the Office Building via a covered arcade which is adjacent to a demonstrational herb garden. The two-level office area is identified by the 'Sleepy Time' Clock Tower at the lobby and includes R&D labs for product development, Operations, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Human Resources and the Executive Area. The Production/Warehouse is a 22'0" clear high, 30' x 60' bay, pre-cast concrete, flexible space. All storage of herbs, packaging raw materials, the milling and mixing operations, packaging and finish goods warehousing are located in the flexible production area where large windows and clerestory glass provide natural light.
OZ developed a master plan and design guidelines for expansion and renovation of the existing high-tech facilities for COBE Labs—now Gambro Laboratories. Floor plans were designed to accommodate a universal space plan. The project included the remodel of manufacturing, office and cafeteria space, a new entry, exterior materials upgrade, window additions and interior work including color schemes, furnishings and artwork. Subsequently OZ designed a new ethylene oxide sterilization facility for the Lab.
Orica USA, Inc., the largest producer of explosives for the mining industry, needed to consolidate their regional facilities onto this campus site in a series of construction phases. OZ Architecture completed master planning for the Orica USA Inc. campus at the old Lowry Bombing Range. A Phase II Headquarters Office Building was then added to the Phase I Technical Center Administrative Office Building.
The new Headquarters Building connects to the existing offices via a large central lobby that ties the two departments together. The addition houses offices, both enclosed and open-plan spaces, food preparation facilities with a large lunch/dining room, a training center, mailroom, and a comprehensive computer hub for the campus facilities.
Quantum Corporation, a world leader in the manufacture of computer components, built the Colorado Springs facility to accommodate their disk drive assembly needs as well as to provide additional R&D space, offices and warehousing facilities. The initial project was built in two phases. Phase I is comprised of total of 255,000 square feet in two buildings. Phase II is an additional 129,000 square feet in one building.
Design of the campus required consideration of an exit strategy for Quantum, therefore the buildings were designed for a second life as a multi-tenant office complex. All the buildings are connected by pedestrian and materials transport links. These links are designed to blend in with the architecture while the facility is occupied by Quantum. However, the links can be demolished with minimal renovation required to the main structures. This will permit future users to gain a sense of separation from other parts of the campus should the need for connection between the buildings become obsolete.
Built in a fast track sequence (Phase I deadline was 14 months from the start of programming to certificate of occupation), the OZ Design Team (Architect of Record) worked closely with the owner, contractor and other team members to assure information was transferred quickly and accurately without compromising quality of design or construction.
OZ Interiors was responsible for developing the overall interior design concepts and translating the concepts into the built environment. The main office area was accommodated within a floor plate that exceeded 90,000 square feet and office approximately 350 highly skilled engineers. Defining zones for public and private areas, as well as primary and secondary circulation provided guidelines for the space planning effort and gave direction for interior design
Quantum Corporation, a world leader in high capacity disk drive information, retained OZ to master plan and design its 27 acre manufacturing/research facility in the Centennial Valley Business Park in Louisville, Colorado.
Built in two phases, Phase I consists of office, support space and 98,000 SF of high bay research and utility support area. Built in a fast track sequence, Phase II combines an additional 64,000 SF of research space with 20,000 SF of office space. Class 10, 1,000 and 10,000 clean rooms are included.
OZ Interiors provided complete interior design, programming and space planning services for all of the office space and related areas. Interior spaces include a teleconferencing, AV room, break-out spaces, open plan offices as well as individual offices, a cafeteria with indoor/outdoor dining and extensive use of computer resources. AREA: Phase I - 158,000 sf, Phase II - 84,000 sf
In order to remain competitive, Royal Crest, the last remaining dairy processing facility within Denver's city limits, required additional space and updating of its facilities. 15,000 square feet of new space for office, processing facilities, storage, and shipping areas was added to the existing 30,000 square-foot facility.
Notable project features include designing an industrial facility that would not be at odds with its location in a residential area, a design scaled to fit the existing neighborhood, screened parking, and the inclusion of neighborhood input.
Because of its neighborhood location, all plans were approved through the PUD process. The ease with which the neighborhood community group and City Planning Department endorsed the project speaks to the success of the design. OZ Architecture continues to work with Royal Crest on upgrades and modifications to their facilities.
OZ Architecture's design for the Star Guide Corporation developed a difficult site into a sophisticated headquarters suitable for the high-tech, international company. The exterior of the building is a marriage of materials with the split-faced block production facilities section providing a solid backdrop for the light glass and metal office components. The cafeteria features floor to ceiling glass walls topped by a broad overhanging roof. This floor plan combines corporate office functions with R&D and production.
Grouped around the cafeteria, training room, and locker rooms, the building's process loop allows easy movement of product and employees with little cross traffic. Corporate offices are linked directly to the production floor and cafeteria, ensuring frequent interaction between company employees.
WestPac Restorations, Inc. is one of the premiere restorers of World War II bomber and fighter aircraft in the country. To facilitate their move from California to Colorado, OZ designed a new maintenance and restoration facility housed in a 65,000 sf airplane hangar. In addition to restoration facilities, the building also includes assembly space and offices, and a mezzanine houses parts storage. The hangar is located on the campus of the new World War II Aviation Museum.