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Fruit & Produce Co Headquarters Washington

American Warehouse Building, WA design by Graham Baba Architects, USA

post updated October 15, 2021

Fruit & Produce Co Headquarters Film

A short film about this American HQ building by Graham Baba Architects. The film was produced by Juan Benavides/Filmatica:

Film on YouTube

Mar 21, 2017

Location: Yakima, Washington, USA

Design: Graham Baba Architects

Fruit & Produce Co Headquarters

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Photos by Kevin Scott

Fruit & Produce Co Headquarters, Washington

Surrounded by the world’s most high-tech fruit packing warehouses, the 16,500-square-foot Washington Fruit & Produce Co. headquarters is conceived as an oasis amidst a sea of concrete and low-lying brush landscape. Tucked behind landforms and site walls, this courtyard-focused office complex provides a refuge from the noise and activity of the industrial processing yards nearby.

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Taking its design cue from an aging barn that the client had identified as a favorite, the concept seeks to capture the essence of an utilitarian agricultural aesthetic. A simple exposed structure that employs a limited material palette and natural patina, the design merges rural vernacular with an equally spare contemporary aesthetic.

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

The L-shaped building is nested into the landscape through the use of board-formed concrete site walls and earthen berms that wrap the perimeter to form a central, landscaped courtyard. Soil excavated for foundation work was repurposed for the perimeter berms, eliminating the need to remove it or add more.

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A notch through the berm provides access from the parking area to the formal courtyard and building entrance. Crossing the courtyard via a boardwalk, the visitor is embraced by a fully-glazed facade, punctuated by a series of wood columns that march across the building in regular intervals. The boardwalk aligns with an off-set building entry, which is formed as a wood-wrapped passageway inserted into the glazed facade.

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

The building recalls its agricultural roots by pulling the 18-foot-tall scissored glu-lam structural columns to the outside, revealing the physics of its construction and enabling the 175-foot-long interior volume to be column free. Topped with 68-foot-long exposed truss girders, the interior reaches 20-feet at its peak.

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

The repetitive nature of the structure ensured easy fabrication and assembly, saving costs and resources. The north-facing courtyard facade is glazed along its length, visually extending the interior space into the courtyard.

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Interior light is balanced via a long clerestory dormer on the south, while the extensive use of large, south-facing overhangs and high efficiency glazing limits summer heat gain. Reclaimed barn wood siding and a weathering steel roof round out the exterior materials.

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Spartan, daylight-filled interiors are complemented by a warm, simple palette of natural materials. Private offices line the south wall, while conference spaces and back-of-house functions are set in wood-clad boxes. Interior furnishings terminate well below the ceiling.

Washington Warehouse Building design by Graham Baba Architects American Warehouse Building, WA design by Graham Baba Architects, USA

The open feeling of the structure is reinforced by keeping furnishings low and allowing them to float within the space. Lighting consists of custom-designed uplights, which keep the ceiling plane tidy. A raised flooring system further ensures that the clean aesthetic is preserved and free of cabling. The deep agricultural roots of both the company and location underlie the simple design concept and attention to detail throughout the project.

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

The sales office is located in the short arm of the L to isolate noise and enhance privacy. Adjacent to the sales office is a separately enclosed structure featuring a 30-foot-long table. The setting provides a place for staff and farmers to gather for communal meals. The exposed structural system connecting the lunch room to the main building creates a small, partially covered courtyard, recalls a remnant of an aging barn.

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Views throughout the complex are controlled, whether to the courtyard, the distant hills, or to the shallow private office views created between the building and the berms. Everything is curated to create a peaceful environment in which to work.

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Fruit & Produce Co Headquarters – Building Information

Location: Yakima, Washington
Site: 30.47 acres
Building: 16,500 square feet

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Graham Baba Architects team
Brett Baba (design principal)
Hill Pierce (project architect)
Jenn LaFreniere (project manager)

Design team
Graham Baba Architects (architecture and interior design)
Interior Motiv (interior design)
MA Wright, LLC (structural engineer)
ARUP (M/E/P/fire protection engineer)
The Berger Partnership (landscape architect)
Brian Hood Lighting (lighting designer)
Artisan Construction (contractor)

Selected fabricators and materials
Premier SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel roof)
Selkirk Timberwrights (glulams)
Pacific Window Systems (glazing)
Stusser Woodworks (custom furniture fabrication & white oak paneling)
Millwork Preservation (interior custom woodworking)

Fruit & Produce Co HQ

Photography: Kevin Scott

Fruit & Produce Co Headquarters in Washington images / information received 210317 from Graham Baba Architects

Washington Fruit and Produce Co. Headquarters Building

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