Since their humble beginnings as a family-owned company in 1989 (Craig Sommerfield developed a jig to hide holes in his kitchen cabinets), Kreg Tool has been passionate about providing tools that help professionals and novices alike to achieve well-crafted building projects. The company is now synonymous with pocket joinery and is a leading name in woodworking.
The new Kreg Tool headquarters assembles a two-story, 154,742-sf office and manufacturing facility on a sustainably managed 25.12-acre campus. The facility is designed to accommodate the company’s rapid growth and attract top talent from the Des Moines Metro. In doing so, the new facility will merge manufacturing and office components—formerly spread across three separate buildings—to deconstruct the siloed teams, create connectivity, and amplify collaboration between the two business components.
The daylit office element consists primarily of open workspace. Between the office and manufacturing/warehouse components is a central spine that includes a ‘marketplace’ that acts as the corporation’s ‘heart’ to connect the office’s ‘head’ and the manufacturing facility’s ‘hands’. The marketplace is designed to foster interaction and create connections. A testing lab, 3D print lab, product engineering fabrication shop, and other support spaces are located next to the office space within the manufacturing facility.
Massive 14’x40’ precast concrete panels create the manufacturing facility’s perimeter and provide a substantial backdrop to the office’s relatively delicate exposed steel structural system that supports glulam wood roof decking above. Employee amenities within the building include a fitness center and an interior open-air courtyard on the 2nd floor. Outside, a walking trail winds around a storm retention pond.
Beyond providing renderings, the team used immersive virtual reality to guide Kreg Tool stakeholders through the building design and solicit their feedback to inform the design and create confidence in the design and decision-making process.
Expected completion is summer of 2021.