by Tyler Hale
Walmart has selected an architecture firm to execute its plans for a new home office in Bentonville. The retail giant has tapped Gensler, a global architecture firm that is was recognized as the top firm in the world on Building Design magazine’s annual “World Architecture 100” list.
The firm, founded by in 1965 by Arthur Gensler, has more than 100,000 projects in 2,500 cities, according to its website. The firm has 6,000 architects on staff with 48 offices as of 2018, Chief Executive reports.
Walmart Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs Dan Bartlett wrote in a blog post that Walmart is aiming to combine global experience with local design leaders in the construction of the home office. These experts, he says, are tasked with creating a modern campus that is sustainable and connected.
“Some of the design leaders call Arkansas home, while others bring experience from around the world,”Bartlett says. “We believe this blend of the best global players and the best local team will result in a new Home Office that positions us for the future.”
Gensler will be overseeing several companies that will be contributing to the home office project. These companies include Mill Boskus Lack Architects, a Fayetteville team that will focus on the “amenity buildings,” such as the Fitness Center, Auditorium and Food Hall; Sasaki, a firm that will focus on urban design to have the campus be an extension of downtown Bentonville; SWA Group, which will focus on beautification by highlighting natural regional features, preserving trees and connecting with the Razorback Greenway; and Walter P. Moore and CEI Engineering and Associates, who will focus on efficiency.
“We are honored and humbled to be the creative partner helping shape Walmart’s future campus. The design is innovative, resilient, thoughtful and purpose-driven that places people at the heart of the company’s next chapter,” Douglas C. Genseler, managing director and principal for Gensler, said in a statement. “The new Walmart campus will embody the DNA attributes for a connected and successful workplace with the latest advances in technology and sustainability, while reflecting the Walmart culture and seamlessly integrating into the fabric of the community.”
Initial demolition around the existing campus has already begun. Now, the project leaders have begun work on the utilities.