The Harris RF Communications site is a 573,000-square-foot renovation that consolidates all three of Harris’ local manufacturing facilities. The updated facility is a “focus-factory” manufacturing environment with supporting offices, conference rooms, research and development labs, warehouse/distribution, and customer product service areas that allows for improved efficiency and faster delivery of Harris systems. One key feature of the space is an observation area for customers to view their products being made. The layout allows direct visual observation, encourages an integrated work environment and consolidates the workflow. Our team worked closely with the client to establish an updated, flexible design that could accommodate their present manufacturing process, and new products in the future, with minimal investment.
Harris officials announced that 1,100 of the company's 2,300 local employees are relocating to this site. “It’s business retention,” said Robert McNary, Finger Lakes Regional Director for Empire State Development. The jobs were something we didn’t want to see go to out of state.” The building provides the opportunity to improve costs, quality and schedule of the manufacturing process. “It was a must-have, a critical investment in our future,” President Dana Mehnert said. The SWBR Architects team provided architectural, structural, interior design and landscape architecture for the facility, which is used to make the world’s most advanced tactical handheld communication devices.
Winner of the Rochester Chapter AIA Citation of Merit Award, the Harley Hill Award for Exterior Lighting, the Energetix Excellence in Green Lighting Award for Interior Lighting, and the NAIOP Outstanding Project Award.
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