The new headquarters for Cargill’s North American protein operations immerses staff and customers in the organization’s farm-to-fork ethos.
Located in downtown Wichita’s vibrant Old Town district, the modern four-story building features a glass, metal and wood facade that honors the company’s 150-year-old agrarian heritage. The structure is generously set back from the street, creating a graceful, well-landscaped entry.
A flexible, open work environment accommodates up to 950 employees. Private offices are located at the center of the building, surrounded by low-rise cubicles adjacent to floor-to-ceiling windows.
Crowdsourced ideas from Cargill’s people guided the design of the building’s collaborative spaces, which include a client presentation kitchen, conference center, sensory center for new product testing and central café space that opens to an expansive outdoor deck. Other amenities include outdoor Wi-Fi lounges, game tables, grills and a fire pit.
To communicate Cargill’s local roots and global impact, the design integrates local artwork, a material palette that reflects agrarian culture and commissioned photography from working farms. HOK’s Experience Design team commissioned a 28-foot-wide custom art display that features custom ceramic plates from a local artist and serves as a backdrop to the open central stairway connecting all four floors.
Use of high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems, recycled and reclaimed materials, and locally sourced materials reflect Cargill’s commitment to sustainability.
Strategically locating the headquarters near the Cargill Innovation Center promotes collaboration and customer-centric solutions.