IDC Architects, through parent company CH2M HILL and in conjunction with Will Bruder Architects, designed integrated corporate offices, a research and design facility, and an associated underground parking structure for the Dial Corporation. The new facility is a hub for Dial's innovation and product development activities.
The site consists of 215,000 square feet of corporate office space and shared lobby, cafeteria, and personnel spaces; 125,000 square feet of R&D facilities; and structured parking for 1,000 automobiles. The building houses capabilities that are key to Dial's ongoing strength and positioning in the consumer products marketplace, including marketing, sales, financial analysis department, product development laboratories, and pilot plants for scale-up testing.
The R&D area contains analytical, microbiological, and virology labs for analyzing Dial and competitor product effectiveness. Another feature is the Product Evaluation Center, where the public is invited to sample products and provide personal feedback to the scientists, researchers, and marketing teams. All spaces, including a central atrium and multipurpose cafeteria/meeting space, are designed to take advantage of the inviting southwestern climate and vistas, while incorporating architectural features that encourage collaboration and promote inspiration.
The project included the design and construction of OTC laboratories, development, and testing areas. These OTC areas are designed to cGMP standards and appropriate regulatory guidelines, as well as current Dial/Henkel design guidelines. The design complies with local codes and standards, while technical areas meet all FDA and EPA requirements and regulations.
The architecture of the overall facility emphasizes natural materials and energy conservation, with building spaces designed to be flexible and allow for future expansion. The environmentally sensitive design attained LEED® certification.