Firmenich Co.
Research and Development Tasting Laboratories and Tasting Room
Laboratory Renovation
Office Renovation
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Project Size: 2,000 nsf
iDesign Services Provided:
Architect of Record- Full Service
Interior Design
Laboratory Design and Planning
  • Firmenich moved from a suburban non-compliant retail space to a high-rise located in the city center of Battle Creek, which is a Tax Free Renaissance Zone.  The historic twenty-one story Battle Creek Tower offers Class A office space. This presented a challenge as there is only a 10’-0” high clearance between floors, which is a challenge for labs which ideally require 15 to 16-feet for services and supporting HVAC ductwork for the high air-change rates required by code.

  • iDesign adapted the layout to the structure so that the large ductwork could run between the even lower structural beams. For the new suite, iDesign created a U.S. FDA compliant laboratory inclusive of technical R&D spaces, offices, conferencing facility and a “high visibility” tasting room at the main entry for special events.

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