VF Corp Outdoor has begun construction on its new headquarters, an 11-acre site in Alameda, California that will act as home base for its lucy, JanSport and The North Face brands. The new campus, which is expected to be completed for move in by summer 2012, will be a total of four buildings that overlook San Francisco Bay, with access to running trails and public transportation, inlcuding a Ferry service to the city within one mile from headquarters. The company’s headquarters are currently located in San Leandro, California. More details follow:
"With this new campus we intend to create a space that will both energize our employees as well as accurately reflect our brands," said Steve Rendle, vice president, VF Corporation and group president, Outdoor & Action Sports Americas. "Each of these brands are innovative, collaborative and, most of all, passionate about the outdoors, travel, and athletics. It is important that this new office setting complement our approach to both work and recreation while accommodating our future growth."
The VF Outdoor Headquarters, seeking LEED Gold status, will utilize both wind and solar powered features, including wind turbines and photovoltaic panel sun shades, and a highly innovative and energy efficient HVAC design using no compressors or refrigerants. Plans also include external decks, open green outdoor meeting spaces, an organic vegetable garden and allotted space for outdoor recreation.
"We are being thoughtful in considering both the big and small details, from the current geographic landscape of our employee base, to the overall design concept of blending the indoors with the outdoors, construction materials, and choices for walls, desks, idea labs and meeting rooms." added Rendle. "This campus will epitomize the brands' outdoor ethos and dedication to our employees and the local community."
"This is a tremendous milestone for the City of Alameda," added Mayor Marie Gilmore. "Similar to VF Outdoor and the brands, we are extremely focused on renewable energy, economic development and long term sustainability. We couldn't be happier to welcome VF Outdoor and its brands to our community."