Corporate Campus Gives Best Buy Employees Creative and Collaborative Office Environment
With extensive experience in office space development, the Opus team created a corporate headquarters campus for Best Buy that united and relocated Best Buy corporate employees who were spread across multiple suburbs into a single location.
The campus consists of four buildings developed simultaneously, including child care and other retail services for Best Buy’s 7,500 employees.
One unique design element of the Best Buy Campus is the 215,000-square-foot, two-level connector called the Hub. The design intent was to create an environment that is "fun, flexible and productive, while acting as a catalyst for learning, collaboration, community and creative solutions."
The main 1,000-foot long level of the Hub links the four office towers and the 6,700 car, two million square foot, five-level parking ramp. The Hub features:
- a full-service cafeteria,
- two large auditoriums,
- a bank,
- Caribou Coffee,
- a convenience store,
- Minute Clinic,
- a full-service fitness center and
- multi-user conference rooms.
Drawing on its deep real estate development experience, Opus negotiated a significant tax increment financing package for the project and also coordinated site acquisition. As a redevelopment of an aging commercial and residential area, the project involved complex negotiations with approximately 90 separate land owners.