Douglas Machine, located in Alexandria, MN, manufactures packaging equipment for clients around the world. Douglas’ site and buildings have seen significant change over the years. Now the time has come to take a broader look—to view the campus as a whole and to ensure it reflects and supports the company’s position as an international leader.
Widseth Smith Nolting’s architects and engineers, working with Douglas’s leadership and staff, identified several opportunities to enhance the campus. The team devised solutions that would increase safety, flexibility, and efficiency, promote corporate identity, and capitalize on site opportunities.
The 100,000-square-foot addition would provide the space needed to optimize efficiency and flexibility. Raw materials would be received on the southeast end of the building and travel through specialized production areas as they are manufactured into custom packaging equipment. Finished product continues on to the west side of the building for shipping. This linear production flow would save time and money, and the additional space would open up options for future production lines.
This project would unify the campus, but perhaps more importantly, it would keep everything under one roof, protected from the elements.
A new front entrance would give visitors a powerful first impression of Douglas Machine. Access would be centralized and secure, and the interior spaces would be flooded with natural light.
Patio upgrades, a trail system that meanders through the property, and a new drainage and pond network would further enrich the campus environment.