Collaboration, Culture + Architecture = Immense Success for Bob Evans
Doug Clay, Mark Daniels, Lori Bongiorno, Carrie Boyd, Mark Bryan, Kim Frencho
As a follow up to the October 31st Columbus Dispatch Article Featuring the new Bob Evans Corporate Headquarters:
The M+A design team (partially shown to your right) for the Bob Evans Corporate Campus project attended the Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting for the new Campus on Saturday, in New Albany, Ohio. Joe Eulberg, the project executive for Bob Evans and our main contact, was the Master of Ceremonies. It was clear that the employees of Bob Evans and the City of New Albany are extremely happy with the entire process and final product.
Steve Davis, the Chairman and CEO of Bob Evans Farms, spoke about the campus being a true representation of the Bob Evans Brand – a symbol of their heritage and of the transformation for their business. It’s an “Interactive, educational farm experience” that is focused on food, founders and farming from start to finish.
The Campus, designed by M+A Architects, and constructed by Corna Kokosing, is referred to as “Farm North” in relation to the original farm in Rio Grande, Ohio, “Farm South”. The main building was designed to honor the day of the farmer with a sunrise tower on the east side of the building and a sunset tower on the west, connected by the Heritage Hallway, showcasing Bob Evans’ heritage and values. The 14,000 SF of test kitchens are the center and focus of the main building much as the kitchen is the “heart of the home”, reinforcing that they are above all an innovative food company.
The campus is currently registered with the USGBC and aspiring to achieve LEED Gold Certification and has been designed to be energy efficient, sustainable and a healthy building. The 8,420 SF of solar panels on the roof of the main building will generate at least 7% of the energy consumed in the building. Steve Davis took this opportunity to announce their partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank to launch the Hunger Free Communities Campaign and presented Matt Habash, the President and CEO, with a check for $50,000 plus enough sausage to feed 81,000 people.
M+A is extremely proud to have been a part of this project and congratulates Bob Evans Farms on their new home for the next 60 years!
Experiential Design Lead
Chelsea has a B.S. in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University. Since March 2018 she has been traveling the world with her husband, staying for a few weeks in each place, acquiring an appreciation for different cultures' food, traditions and design.