Lehi's Adobe team in the new building. Photo courtesy of Adobe.
Today, digital media and marketing powerhouse, Adobe, held the grand opening of its 280,000-square-foot, $107 million, LEED Gold facility. It only took 18 months for the construction of the facility.
"It's a strategic location, where you can draw talent all the way from Davis County to Spanish Fork," says Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager. "We talk about the highly-educated, very motivated young workforce in the state, and this enbles us to attract and pull those people together in a central location."
WRNS Studio, based in San Francisco, worked on the exterior of the building, while Rapt Studio, also based in San Francisco, did the inside. Rapt's other projects include The North Face and JanSport corporate headquarters, both in Calif., and Vivant securty system's headquarters in Provo.
The road leading to the building, Adobe Way, actually runs under a portion of the building, putting the campus on both sides of the road. "We own the land on both sides," Rencher says. "We built the first phase to fit the employees we already have. As our business grows, we'll build phase two and three."
Along with the features below, the building has floor to ceiling glass to give employees plenty of natural light, meeting rooms with digital white boards, a PC gaming room nicknamed "The Dungeon," a rock-climbing wall, a courtyard fireplace, walking trails, a basketball court and two sand volleyball courts.
Driving down I-15 and catching a glimpse of the big A logo on the side of the building (there's one in the basketball court that lights up at night), we dropped by for a tour of the campus, led by Jonathan Francom, director of global workspace strategic programs. "This building is meant to embody what we are as a company," Francom says. Basically, that means reminder of Adobe customers throughout and plenty of opportunities to work hard and play hard.
The building seen from the north end of the campus.
The biggest lava lamps Adobe could find for their customer center.
Adobe's indoor basketball court is nearly NBA size, showing that employees play as hard as they work.
Wouldn't it be nice to cozy up by the fire on your lunch break?
To encourage employees to take the stairs, a maze was created using balls employees drop in a kinetic art piece by Lehi artist Andrew Smith.
The cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and protein shakes early in the morning for those hitting the gym.
The employee entrance on the north side of the building.
Three screens show Adobe's marketing analytics in locations across the globe, along with SLC.
Today's grand opening included Adobe founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke, CEO Shantanu Narayen ans SVP and GM Brad Rencher, along with local politicians.
Adobe's main headquarters are in San Jose, Calif. Lehi's facility is the fourth largest site. Currently, about 1,000 people work at the building. And yes, they are hiring.