Twin Falls, Idaho
As Clif Bar’s first completely owned and operated baking facility, this 267,000 sf organic factory employs 250 people and was completed fall of 2016. The state-of-the-art plant uses biophilic design, an integrative approach to architecture, while expressing Clif Bar's dedication to sustainable values with their Five Aspirations of sustaining the people, community, business, brand, and planet. The design team was tasked with developing an innovative building which redefines the nature of food manufacturing facilities and sets a new precedent for other factories to follow. Successful in our goal, the plant was awarded the ‘Sustainable Plant of the Year Award’. Food Engineering said of the facility, “The plant goes above and beyond industry standards, using 100 percent renewable energy and, in comparison with most bakeries, reducing refrigerant emissions by 40 percent, water use by 37 percent and energy use by 21 percent.”
In addition, the design features recycled and reclaimed materials from local sources and emphasizes the use of natural light and access to views of the surrounding countryside. Working with the owners and staff we learned how each of the spaces were used and provided appropriate furnishings for function while thinking outside the box on how to achieve the result. Instead of creating a place where people ‘have to work,’ we created an environment where people ‘wanted to be.’
Your talent demonstrated on this project will show the industry that you can certainly bring something to the table…Clif Bar has been very pleased with the work Babcock has done on our project.
— Rich Berger
Vice President of Engineering, Food Supply
Clif Bar and Company