Owens Illinois Corporate Headquarters

project at a glance

After successfully completing a major bottling facility in Colorado, O-I again turned to Lathrop to provide Design-Build services for their 100,000 square foot world headquarters.  The key components for this high profile project included: an aggressive schedule with no tolerance for delays; an established budget that under no circumstance could be exceeded; a focus on extensive use of O-I’s core product: glass, and a requirements to meet Silver LEED certification.

Lathrop staff engaged key stakeholders in the process to collectively find solutions that met budget, schedule and aesthetic requirements. This involved not only a glass expert and manufacturer, precast supplier and fabricator, but a focused effort by the architects and engineers. The O-I staff was also involved in making timely decisions as well as evaluating alternate building or material options. By phasing and sequencing the design and construction schedule, there were stages where shell construction was already progressing while interior design was being developed.

The result was an open, inviting and flexible design that exceeded the requirements for creature comforts while achieving LEED Silver Certification. The headquarters stands as a testament to the entire team and what can be achieved by working together.

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