Scooter’s Coffee Corporate Headquarters

Scooter’s Coffee approached BVH Architecture with the challenge to design their new corporate headquarters, which includes coffee and bakery production plus warehousing products that serve 187 retail locations across the US – and rapidly growing.

The company desired greater exposure as an Omaha, Nebraska-based company, and as a result they purchased a building with Interstate 80 frontage. The design team transformed the generic building to function as a billboard on the main thoroughfare to and from the city. To satisfy their aggressive schedule, BVH selectively demolished portions of the interior and exterior, embracing the strategy to critically consider what must remain.

The existing building allotted 12,000 GSF of first floor office space with a mezzanine of equal size to be reserved for a future growth. Private offices marked by wood thresholds array the perimeter, leaving the center of the office space open. The mezzanine floor plate was removed to allow natural light to penetrate the core of the office and the two-story volume organizes a town hall space with a large conference room adjacent. This features a a glass garage door to extend the space for large gatherings. Multiple layers of transparency allow users access to natural daylight and views to the exterior from the center of the office. Open workstations, hoteling desks, and phone booths provide additional diversity for work tasks.

Inspired by an inverted coffee bean funnel a red fabric-wrapped object occupies the two-story space to provide an additional meeting room while baffling acoustics in the town hall space. Movable bench seating nest into the side of the object. The conical shape features a borrowed-lite skylight flooding the room with natural light.

The front porch roof was removed to erect a new illuminated facade that appears opaque during daylight. A redefined front porch provides an employee amenity space masked by the new scrim and repetitious z-girts. The existing building becomes a silhouette to pronounce the Scooter’s brand.

A luminescent red portal demarcates the entry. Beyond the all-glass entrance awaits an illuminated front lobby with reception desk. The lobby experience shifts from a white glow to a room enveloped in red for special events.  

The project is complete with a bakery four times the size of their previous facility and a roaster capable of producing six times more coffee per day. Warehousing is optimized with numerous rows of twenty-eight foot tall racking adjacent to an indoor and outdoor loading dock. Prior to product packaging, the coffee beans offgas in the product staging area. The increased production and warehousing space affords Scooter’s to efficiently serve a majority of their stores with upgraded manufacturing and machinery.

Location

Omaha, NE

Year Completed

2018

Owner

Boundless Enterprises, LLC

Size

75,000 sq. ft.

Awards

  • 2018 AIA Central States Design Excellence Merit Award

BVH Team