Follett – Westchester Headquarters

  • Client Follett,
  • size 163,000 sqft
  • Year 2014
  • Location Westchester, Illinois, United States,
  • Industry Film / Media / Publishing,
  • Cannon Design has developed a new office design for the headquarters of educational content and technology services company Follett, which is located in Westchester, Illinois.

    Follett, the leading provider of technology services and content to both K-12 schools and universities worldwide, consolidated and relocated its headquarters to transform its business and leverage digital technologies impacting the educational landscape. Focused on strengthening culture, communication and idea-sharing, Follett’s new collaborative workplace will empower the organization to succeed as it shifts from its historical focus on books to digital learning assets.

    The new headquarters consolidates Follett’s previously separate facilities into a more centralized and cohesive workforce that has improved employee satisfaction for all generations and functions in the organization by nearly 40%. Additionally, frequency of interaction with teammates is up 39% and the speed of communications with colleagues is 15% faster. The headquarters arranges workplace settings into “neighborhoods” and a centrally located hub is featured on each floor creating a collaborative work environment and group meeting space. Universal access to views and natural light has also been recognized by 85% of Follett employees as an improved feature of the new headquarters.

    Design: Cannon Design
    Designer: Mark Hirons, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
    Photography: Christopher Barrett