On May 14, 2013, the main section of Organic Valley’s office building in La Farge, WI was destroyed by a fire. Thankfully, the fire occurred at the end of the business day and nobody was hurt. Company leadership, however, was left with the responsibility of not only finding homes for their employees to work, but to begin the process of designing and planning a rebuild of their work space.
After careful consideration, Organic Valley’s Facilities Department, led by Mark Pfeiffer, Sarah Jaiteh and Michael Schneider chose to partner with Schroeder Solutions to begin the design process. The talented OV team brought creative, new ideas and a vision for the future of their company to Schroeder Solutions. Based on those ideas, the design teams at Schroeder Solutions and AIS created color renderings of numerous workstation typicals.
After narrowing down their choices, mock-ups for 15 people were ordered and installed at Organic Valley’s headquarters in an area not hit by the fire, so employees could experience their new work environments first-hand and make changes to the final layout. In the end, the team incorporated a blend of low walls, no walls, free form workstations and private offices with height-adjustability options for all employees as well as numerous touchdown and collaborative areas.
The thoughtful attention to detail combined with access to natural light and a bright color palette provides employees with an inspiring and invigorating wellness-focused work environment. Schroeder Solutions then helped to successfully coordinate the move and relocation of Organic Valley employees from a variety of temporary office locations into their new and improved headquarters.
AIS Divi, Compete and Calibrate
Milliken Carpet Tile
Grand Rapids Chair
Interior Design & Space Planning
Relocation & Move Coordination
“The level of customer service your team delivered has exceeded my expectations. From the very beginning everyone was very focused on our needs. We are very pleased overall with the quality of the furniture installation and the performance of your team. They have all gone above and beyond to exceed our expectations. The work environment they helped us create has already been receiving praise from our staff as informal tours make their through the building. We are very grateful!” Michael Schneider – Organic Valley Workplace Strategy Program Manager
About Organic Valley: Independent and Farmer-Owned
Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,844 farmers in 36 states. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, and produce, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. For further information visit www.organicvalley.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.