A large footware holding company based in Michigan, Wolverine Worldwide is the parent company to 16 different brands, including four locally: Saucony, Stride Rite, Sperry, and Keds. Located in Lexington, Massachusetts, these groups were quickly outgrowing their existing space, and Wolverine retained Sasaki to assist in the search for a new site, as well as subsequent programming and design efforts. The process examined three different options: build-to-suit, move to an existing building, or renovate in place. All three options had the same ultimate goals – to create an efficient and productive space that would reflect the values of the company while building an environment that would foster creativity.
After a significant examination of several properties with multiple test fits, Wolverine chose to move to a build-to-suit site, where Sasaki is collaborating closely with landlord Boston Properties. The base building architect is coordinating modifications to the building design to maximize efficiencies and opportunities for Wolverine. The new space will ultimately house significantly more functions, as well as accommodate growth in approximately the same square footage accepted today.