KIRCO Completes DSM Engineering Plastics’ Americas New Headquarters in Troy, Michigan
Feb. 2, 2016
KIRCO – has completed the redevelopment and construction of the new Americas headquarters for DSM Engineering Plastics located on the iconic Columbia Center campus in Troy, Mich, one of SE Michigan’s premier corporate addresses.
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with DSM on its new headquarters. Together, we transformed a prime location at Columbia Center into a state-of-the-art, collaborative, and truly inspiring workspace for DSM,” said Matt Kiriluk, president, KIRCO. “It’s exciting to see the vision for the space come to fruition. The conversion of the workspace will not only benefit DSM’s clients, but also largely impact DSM’s personnel through the continued fostering of productivity, recruitment, and retention.”
Utilizing sustainable design elements, KIRCO and KIRCO MANIX worked to convert the 31,055 square-foot former-Bally Fitness space into a world-class headquarters, and completed the project in 5 months. Demolition of the fitness facility previously occupying the space began in August 2015. Construction of the space was completed by KIRCO MANIX, the construction services division of KIRCO.
“We are looking forward to our new home in Troy, and thank KIRCO for the effort to build this world-class facility. The tight cooperation has resulted in an excellent working space at a great location in Metro Detroit, new to our customers,” said Richard Pieters, president of DSM Engineering Plastics – Americas.
Relocated from its office in Birmingham, Mich., DSM Engineering Plastics’ Americas new headquarters includes: open, collaborative work spaces flooded with natural light; private offices with glass fronts; five large conference rooms with the flexibility to be combined into one or more larger configured conference spaces; a large central staircase with a glass and stainless steel railing system; all of which is accentuated by natural light from the barrel-vaulted translucent ceiling system; a contemporary European-influenced lobby with clean lines and warm wood accents; European-inspired interior design features include a sophisticated soft gray color palette with bright accent colors and modern furniture pieces; a mezzanine level collaboration area; and covered parking with direct entry into the building.
In addition, a proposed adjacent space is being developed as a dedicated Application Development Center, which is to be used for material testing, automotive plastics research, and technology development. This center within its headquarters will further facilitate DSM’s ability to support customers in their efforts to develop innovative, new products.
KIRCO and DSM engaged local design firm, Davis & Davis Interior Design, who specializes in corporate interiors and interior lobby renovations. Davis & Davis collaborated with the team to manifest a creative and successful design embracing DSM’s core values represented in their new headquarters. Working closely with KIRCO MANIX during the construction of this project ensured the seamless and efficient connection between design and construction. DSM is a leader in sustainable solutions, making the use of recycled and recyclable materials a key element in the overall design of their new office.
DSM is a major developer and global supplier of polyamide engineering plastics with a portfolio that includes Akulon® PA6 and PA66, Stanyl® PA46, Stanyl® ForTii™, and EcoPaXX®, a bio-based polyamide that is certified carbon neutral from cradle to gate. In addition DSM supplies Xytron™ PPS as well as thermoplastic polyesters Arnite® PBT and PET, and Arnitel® TPE for engineering applications. These materials are used in innovative applications and products all over the world for the automotive, electrical & electronics, and food packaging industries. The DSM Engineering Plastics’ Americas new headquarters, which will house nearly 80 employees, creates an environment that will help to promote closer collaboration between DSM and its customers helping to move quickly and efficiently work to support their challenges.
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at product website or www.dsm.com.
KIRCO is an award winning, full service, vertically integrated real estate organization that has planned and developed over 30 million square feet of commercial assets since 1974. KIRCO is a third generation, family-owned real estate development, construction, and property management company focused in the office, industrial, retail and healthcare sectors. KIRCO helps corporate clients grow market share, enhance their brand, and strengthen the bottom line by maximizing future and/or existing assets and strategies. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan and with offices in Columbus, Ohio and Charlotte, N. Carolina, KIRCO is a major developer of build-to-suit own and/or lease spaces from coast to coast.
About KIRCO MANIX
KIRCO MANIX provides construction management services in office, light and heavy manufacturing, distribution, retail, healthcare and community market sectors. KIRCO MANIX is a full service construction company that has operated throughout the region since 1929. The company combines the experience of two well-established construction firms, Campbell / Manix and KIRCO Construction. With total construction volume exceeding $3 billion, KIRCO MANIX offers customers a unique, full-service approach by managing the design, engineering and construction phase through the eyes of an owner.
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