Stantec completes interior design at UPSIDE Foods’ new cultivated meat production facility
The collaborative space combines a modern office with research and production
EMERYVILLE, CA, TSX, NYSE:STN
Leading global design firm Stantec has completed the interior design and furniture, finishes, and equipment (FF&E) services for UPSIDE Foods’ new Engineering, Production, and Innovation Center (EPIC)—one of the world’s most advanced cultivated meat production facilities. Part of a new 53,000-square-foot campus, the project included the conversion of an existing grocery store into a modern research and production facility with a private dining room, showcase kitchen, open office, and an all-hands space with stadium seating for presentations and collaboration.
UPSIDE Foods is a leading company in the cultivated meat, poultry, and seafood industry. The EPIC facility is designed to produce any species of meat, poultry, and seafood directly from animal cells, instead of relying on raising and slaughtering animals. This new space represents a major step forward in UPSIDE’s mission to bring real, delicious meat to the world in a more humane and sustainable way.
Stantec provided comprehensive interior design services that bring the space alive with the use of architectural materials and branding. Utilizing natural materials, bold metal accents, and feature lighting, the new facility is designed to create an exciting and dynamic workplace that embraces employee collaboration and retention. The design team also helped develop creative branding and feature walls, including a four-foot glowing logo that can be seen from the Emeryville Public Market entry—a 270,000-square-foot mixed-use development featuring retail, office, and food hall.
“UPSIDE Food’s goal to create a more sustainable and compassionate source of meat products requires professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries to work closely together. The result is a space that fosters collaboration and creativity at all levels, supporting long-term success,” said Heidi Dunn, senior associate and project manager at Stantec. “We’re proud to have designed a space that will meet UPSIDE’s needs now and for years to come.”
Stantec is currently providing architecture and interior design services for an additional UPSIDE Foods project on the same site. The team is converting an existing brick warehouse into a modern office with research and development space, with similar interior design, branding, and furniture concepts as the EPIC facility.
Stantec has a long history of creating collaborative research and lab spaces. Recently, the firm provided architecture and interior design services for The BEAT—a retrofit of the former Boston Globe headquarters into a 695,000-square-foot multistory hub for creative office, laboratory, and retail uses.
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