Chobani Innovation and Community Center
CSHQA designed this 85,000-sf office building with research and development lab for yogurt-maker Chobani. The facility is part innovation center and part community center, meant to benefit both Chobani employees and the community of Twin Falls.
The new building, in addition to providing more office space for the company, offers many amenities for all Chobani employees: A chef-managed cafeteria serving 24 hours per day, fitness center with full-time training professionals, lactation space for new mothers, lounge areas, non-denominational faith center, and a 7,000-sf dedicated gathering space for town halls, shared dining, celebrations and relaxation.
The new 14,000-sf lab space, featuring a full test kitchen, is home to 45 food scientists working on developing new flavors and new products.
The building was designed with a goal of LEED Silver. Sustainable features include low-flow water fixtures, resilient native plant landscaping, LED lighting and a 30,000-sf reflective roof. Smart-glass windows tint automatically to reduce glare, passively boost cooling, and allow for more natural lighting. The goal of these sustainable measures is for the building to use 30% less water and 25% less energy than a similar space.