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A New Office and Research Workplace for Sealed Air

Sealed Air Global Headquarters
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

HOK provided a workplace strategy and interior design for the two office buildings and research lab that make up this new 1,400-employee corporate campus.

Sealed Air’s leaders wanted the company’s new headquarters to foster a positive workplace culture, promote cross-divisional collaboration and facilitate interdisciplinary research.

HOK led the development of a workplace strategy that reimagined how Sealed Air’s people work by moving them to 100 percent unassigned individual spaces. Business groups and teams occupy flexible neighborhoods with formal and informal collaboration spaces. Depending on their needs for the day, employees can choose to use an open workspace, open or enclosed meeting room, or private room for heads-down work.

The entire campus is shared by all employees, with amenities including a central cafeteria, outdoor dining spaces, a coffee shop, a fitness center, two ponds and walking trails.

To celebrate curiosity and promote interdisciplinary research, the design arranges all labs in functional clusters instead of divisional boundaries. These clusters include engineering, electronics, industrial, showcase and traditional wet labs.

An innovation center provides an area where Sealed Air can demonstrate its products to clients. The highly flexible space can accommodate up to 40 visitors. Touchscreen technology displays Sealed Air products in use around the world. Display areas have sliding doors that can open or close to show appropriate equipment for specific visitors. Breakout spaces can be configured for large or small groups.

The high-tech office and scientific workplace is counterbalanced by high-touch elements that bring outdoor and organic elements into the space. The design integrates daylight and views to the outside, plants and furniture made from wood harvested on the site.




350,000 sq. ft. / 32,515 sq. m.


Interior Design
Sustainability Consulting
Workplace Strategy


29 September 2017 
“Moving Beyond Open Plan Spaces”
Work Design Magazine