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Adobe 'Campus' in Lehi Utah

New Adobe 'Campus' in Lehi Utah



Looking south toward Provo, Utah, the 280,000 square-foot Adobe campus in Lehi features four floors of innovative design that places its emphasis on the 1, 100 employees inside.


Adobe Building Lehi Utah



Adobe held the grand opening its new Lehi facility on Friday December 7, 2012 with the governor and a panoply of local dignitaries, showering the audience with balloons and confetti as employees ringed the three-story atrium. The new complex is important to Utah Valley's economy. The number of employees here has jumped 56 percent in the past three years, and the company pumps $5 million into the local economy every month, officials said.


The site features 8.5 acres of parking, 2,000 truckloads of concrete, 4.5 million pounds of steel and 420,000 square feet of glass.

Exterior of Adobe Building in Lehi Utah

Entry to Adobe Building in Lehi Utah

Fireplace at Adobe Utah


As you enter this unique building there is a spray-painted mural by Los Angeles street paint artist El Mac (Miles MacGregor) captures the visitor’s attention near a stairway within the new Adobe campus in Utah. El Mac’s lifelike renderings of human faces and figures utilize repeating contour lines that appear as ripples.


El Mac Mural in Adobe Building


Completed in about 18 months, the 38-acre campus is the third largest Adobe site in the United States. The Lehi facility has space for 1,100 employees and is 90 percent occupied. Additional phases will be built to accommodate future growth as part of the company's 20-year strategic plan, according to Jonathan Francom, director of global programs.


Adobe officials offered media a formal look inside the completed facility, offering a glimpse of how workspace translates into a company culture counting on innovation and inspiration.


Floating Workspace at Adobe Office in Lehi Utah


Open Work Space at Adobe Building in Lehi


Amenities include a full employee cafe, a full-size indoor basketball court, a PC gaming room called the Dungeon, rock climbing wall, an exercise facility, including a room for yoga/spinning/Zumba classes, a massage room, and full locker room facilities. A communal area features pool tables, a pingpong table as well as original artwork and a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted mural.


“We’re competing with all the other companies for the best talent on the planet,” Francom said. “These are amenities and conveniences they want.'


Adobe Basketball Court in Lehi

Break Area at Adobe in Lehi

Cafe at Adobe Building in Lehi Utah

Lounges at Adobe Building in Lehi Utah

Communal Space with Pool and Ping Pong at Adobe in Utah


Because so much work is done away from the traditional work environment, Francom said, providing employees with space to “blow off steam” and interact with colleagues and business associates in a less stressful environment is a great way to foster innovation and productivity.


The building was constructed to environmentally sensitive building standards, equipped with heat exchangers that pull heat output from data room servers to warm the building. Other conservation efforts include low-flow faucets and drought-tolerant xeriscaping.


The timing of the building's completion is good for employees along the Wasatch Front. Public transit options will include commuter rail from Salt Lake City and UTA bus stops. A daily shuttle bus will loop from the nearby UTA Front Runner station to the Adobe campus. Front Runner begins fulltime operations on Monday.


Adobe has had a presence in Utah since October 2009, following its $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture. Since the acquisition, Adobe has increased its Utah workforce by 56 percent and currently houses approximately 1,000 people at its Utah home base with space available to up to two more similarly sized facilities and a like number of employees in each, Francom said.


Today, Adobe employs 10,000 people worldwide with reported revenues of $4.2 billion last year. The Utah team focuses on product development, sales, marketing, as well as operations for analytics and online business optimization solutions, according to senior vice president and general manager Brad Rencher.


“We believe in focusing on the wellness of the individual (employee),” Francom said. “By spending time in the on-campus gym, I can be more effective in all aspects of my life.” He said the overall ambiance and design of the building lends itself to “unplanned collaboration.”


“It’s not about going to a conference room to a meeting,” he explained. “As you move through the building, there are opportunities for our employees to 'bump into each other.'' Those unplanned conversations can often lead to creativity and innovation, he said. “(They) capture the magic of what we’re trying to do as a business and help us become more successful,” Rencher said.


If the cantilevered, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Adobe facility in Lehi seems avant garde to you, take it as a metaphor for the work inside.


Just some of the unique features of this incredible building are:


Basketball Courts:

Designed for more than just a pickup game, this NBA-quality indoor basketball court is expected to bring tension relief to deskbound Adobe technocrats.



This inviting fireplace near the entrance is adjacent to interactive screens that highlight up-to-the-minute Adobe activity in New York City, Salt Lake City and Tokyo, Japan.


Conference Room:

Highlighting this conference room is a wall of glass containing a quote from Chuck Geschke, one of Adobe's founders, describing how technology has been used to help improve communication in the world and how it provides a huge contribution to society.


Floating Workspace:

This 'floating' workspace is available to any Adobe employee finding themselves in need of a quiet environment for phone calls or to check messages. The company encourages open workspace where most employees occupy open cubicles for better interaction.


Wall Quotes:

Wall art adorns open space work areas throughout the Adobe campus in Lehi, Utah. The open workspace design embraces the concept that employees can more easily collaborate and create by taking away the doors and walls.


Open Workspace:

Shown here is a typical -- and colorful -- employee desk area, which constitutes what is meant by an open workspace. With few exceptions, most employees in Adobe's Digital Marketing Business Unit work out in the open, unconstrained by tall cubicles or office walls.



Each floor on the four-level Adobe campus features several lounge areas similar to this one. These casual meeting places are closely integrated with work and break areas to improve the feel and environment in which the company's employee population works each day.


Break Areas:

Located near the main entrance to the building, this lounge area provides room for a group discussion or just a place to enjoy the mountain views while on a break or waiting for a meeting to begin.



A large, multidimensional wall separates the main entry (on the right) from the atrium area to the left. On the right-hand side of the wall are 30 or so digital screens that highlight Adobe'€™s Enterprise brands. In the background is a fireplace lounge with interactive multi-touch screens that highlight real-time analytics from the company operations around the globe.


Main Atrium:

Pool and Ping Pong are just two of the activities that take place within the cavernous main atrium, a place where employees can eat lunch and hang out. The area features geothermal panels in the floor that capture heat from the buildings computer servers. In addition, the two-story high wood ceiling was specifically designed to distribute heating and air conditioning.



Shown here is a seating area in the cafe, which features a menu that relies heavily on locally grown, organic food made from scratch. The cafeteria uses only pure ingredients from local farmers and artisans that support sustainable practices and reinvests in the community.



At the suggestion of Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Marketing Business Unit at Adobe Systems, the four-story building was designed to encourage employees to use stairs rather than the six elevators. Rencher is an avid cyclist and he wanted the architect and designer teams to create a design that focuses on the health and well being of his employees.



Graffiti and tattoo artist Mike Giant was commissioned to create this wall art, which features words that are important to Adobe's values and the local community. As examples: The number 84043 is the building's Zip code, and SLC gives a nod to the city where most of the employees live.


Wall Art:

All of the wall art in the building was created to reflect Adobe's innovative design products. This booth in the cafeteria features more Mike Giant artwork that celebrates the complexities of social media in a graphic design.


Aerial View of Adobe’s Utah Campus:

This aerial view offers a look at the new 280,000-square-foot Adobe complex in Lehi, Utah, located just off I-15 about 30 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City. Lehi had a population of 47,000 in the 2010 census, more than double the 19,000 counted in the year 2000. Nearby by is a 150,000-square-foot Cabela's store as well as The Outlets at Traverse Mountain, featuring 15 different themed gardens, a six-story-high IMAX theatre and the Museum of Ancient Life where you can learn about dinosaurs and fossils.


Aerial View of Adobe Building in Lehi Utah

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