When Cook Group acquired the abandoned General Electric refrigerator manufacturing plant in Bloomington, Indiana, they set out to turn the property into something the community could be proud of. Situated just miles from their current headquarters, this property will be an expansion of its medical division, which develops products such as heart stents and surgical instruments.
The renovation will consist of a large atrium for the public entrance, cafeteria, fitness center, employee entrance and cafe, production clean rooms, and office space. To remain true to its origin, as well as its future use as a manufacturing facility, the space will celebrate its industrial heritage in key areas through exposed structure and ductwork, as well as concrete floors.
Because Cook Group is focused on providing a comfortable and enjoyable environment for its employees, there will be areas of respite with an abundance of natural light, and natural materials such as wood and limestone will be used to evoke a sense of warmth, juxtaposed over the industrial aesthetic.