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Dairy Farmers of America Headquarters
Kansas City, Kansas, USA

The design of the new headquarters for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the country’s largest milk marketing cooperative, helps the company attract the best and brightest people.

The three-story facility is in the emerging Village West growth corridor in suburban Wyandotte County, Kansas, near several businesses, shopping destinations and attractions.

The company selected this accessible suburban site for its headquarters for its proximity to amenities and opportunities for future growth. While not located in the heart of downtown, DFA serves as a successful example for a new type of suburban corporate campuses. The site is strategically configured to make it easy for DFA to add a wing or construct a new standalone building. 

HOK led an inclusive design process involving more than 75 percent of DFA’s employees through committees, meetings and charrettes. This resulted in a modern, healthy and amenity-rich workplace.

The highly flexible, Class A office space enabled DFA to move more than 400 people from a previous workplace with more than 175 traditional private offices into a predominantly open-plan environment. Meeting rooms and work stations are easily changed or moved to support growth.

An efficient steel structural system supports the flexible open floor plates. Easy access to floor and underfloor HVAC gives DFA’s people control over their environment.

Special staff amenities include outdoor conference rooms, a full-service kitchen and cafeteria, a visitor business center, a multipurpose room that can hold all of DFA’s employees, fitness facilities including basketball and bocce ball courts, a walking trail and a fire pit.

Use of reclaimed wood from a local barn and dairy-inspired materials and forms reflects the humility of the thousands of dairy farmers that the organization represents.

SIZE

110,000 sq. ft. / 10,220 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Interior Design

AWARDS

International Interior Design Association Mid America
Best in Show

International Interior Design Association Mid America
IIDA MADA Gold – Corporate Large Category

American Society of Landscape Architects Prairie Gateway Chapter
Award of Merit

NEWS

7 June 2017
“Dairy Farmers of America Opens Doors of Its New Headquarters”
Kansas City Star

7 June 2017
“Graze Over DFA’s New Headquarters”
Kansas City Business Journal