Clif Bar, maker of trail worthy natural snacks since 1990, has opened a new bakery in Twin Falls, ID that elevates the company’s commitment to sustainability to a whole new level of delicious. The $90-million facility employs biophilic design, an integrative approach to architecture that places the utmost importance on the interdependent relationships between people and the world in which we live. The 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is Clif Bar’s first owned and operated bakery, and it features a host of cutting-edge technology to maximize energy efficiency, reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and create a happy, healthy workplace for its employees (who, by the way, are the owners of the company).
From an architectural perspective, the building certainly doesn’t look like a typical bakery. Designed by Idaho-based Babcock Design Group, the structure features more than 200 windows, vaulted skylights, and light-directing solatubes to reduce energy usage and limit artificial lighting, making for a healthier and more pleasant work environment. Throughout the interior, locally sourced and reclaimed materials were used wherever possible, including recycled barnwood and Idaho quartzite stone on the interior walls. One main area of the facility features a 3D art wall combining brightly colored phrases promoting the company’s culture, with baking equipment accenting the facility’s express purpose. As a result, the interior has a comfortable vibe—particularly in the employee dining area, where workers can enjoy their meals, socialize, hold casual meetings, and enjoy the expansive views of the campus through floor-to-ceiling windows.
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