Woodward Headquarters + Manufacturing Campus

Fort Collins, Colorado

UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGE

Woodward is the world’s oldest and largest independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of energy control systems for the aerospace and industrial sectors. They wanted to transform a 100-acre site into a campus encompassing a new corporate headquarters and additional manufacturing and support facilities to facilitate their operational growth, attract top talent, and create jobs in the Fort Collins community. They engaged us to take the first step – developing a cohesive master plan based on a deep understanding of their goals.

They then selected us to provide process design, architecture and engineering services for Phase 1, which included a corporate headquarters and a multi-functional turbo-machinery systems building. The dynamic design of these first two structures needed to set the architectural tone of the campus while embracing the client’s brand identity.

TAILORING THE SOLUTION

The industrial turbo-machinery systems building is organized around a multi-level “Main Street” corridor that serves as the spine of the campus. It includes both manufacturing spaces and offices, connected by two structurally suspended staircases.

The headquarters building visually anchors the campus on the east and conveniently links back to its engineering and manufacturing components. We adopted an open-concept layout characterized by the generous use of glass and modular spaces that foster collaboration.

SUPPORTING WHAT MATTERS

Our process design and engineering services raised the manufacture of turbo-machinery systems to a higher level of functionality. Our building design, which focused on the consistent use of select building materials and daylighting, created a cohesive look to the campus. In addition, the open concept design of the interior spaces supports interaction and teamwork. The result is a campus that merges the client’s high-tech manufacturing capability with their focus on creative teamwork to help current and future employees do their best.