AJINOMOTO HEALTH & NUTRITION NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Location: Itasca, IL
Space Type: Commercial Office
Size: 55,000 sq ft
Project Management Firm: JLL Project Management
Architecture & Design Firms: Shive-Hattery, Inc.
General Contractor: JC Anderson
Manufacturing Partners: Teknion, Studio TK, National, Allermuir, OFS, SitOnIt
Photography: AJ Brown Imaging
One space with multiple uses was the core concept behind the new Itasca, IL location of Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. The new 55,000 square foot location in suburban Chicago needed to serve as an office, laboratory, and engaging client experience center for this Japanese food and biotech company.
Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition chose Shive-Hattery as their A&D partner, who then selected Office Revolution to host the team for a tour of the Teknion showroom. After experiencing the Teknion and Studio TK offerings, and meeting the Office Revolution project team, Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition selected Office Revolution as their contract furniture dealer. Specific pieces—such as the Nina chair and Kuskoa upholstered barstool, both by Studio TK—truly resonated with the client, complementing their aesthetic and providing versatile elegance in café areas. OFS Hinchada Modular Lounge and Skara seating complete the wellness space, underscoring work-life amenities trending in biotech.
The project began in September of 2020 at a time when the global supply chain was experiencing unprecedented challenges. Despite the significant challenges in the marketplace, Office Revolution was able to complete the project with everything installed and ready to welcome the client’s employees and customers on opening day.
“I know it was a challenging project to complete within the given timeframe and the inherent uncertainty of working under the pandemic restrictions,” said Michael Davis, principal, Shive-Hattery, Inc. “[Office Revolution’s] continued attention to the project details is especially commendable under the circumstances and did not go unnoticed. We have received glowing kudos from the client…Thank you again for a job well done!” added Davis.
Each contract furniture project brings its own unique set of challenges. Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition was no exception. But, multipurpose space requirements, a tight timeline, and a global supply chain in turmoil did not prevent incredible results for this ambitious space.