KAYHAN/HAWORTH Complete UI Labs Facility with Design Partner SOM

KAYHAN/HAWORTH have completed the installation of the interior furnishings for the new UI Labs facility, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative.  KAYHAN was contracted by SOM as the preferred furniture provider for the project, and sourced most of the facility with Haworth product. The new facility, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), was built to unite industry, academia, and government under one roof, to enable the development of real-world solutions for tomorrow's most important economic and cultural challenges.

Located on Goose Island in the heart of Chicago, the 64,000-square-foot lab features collaborative office space, visualization facilities, interactive teaching areas, and a manufacturing floor for cutting-edge industrial research, with a special focus on digital innovations. The lab occupies 64,000 square feet of a former, 285,000-square-foot factory. The overall design that was created by SOM and carried out in the furniture selection emphasizes flexibility, fluidity, and information sharing. The lab opened in May 2015.

“The newly opened facility will be home to the city’s most state-of-the-art digital manufacturing hub,” noted Pat Turnbull, President and COO at KAYHAN. “To date, more than 40 manufacturing and technology companies and 30 university, government, and community partners have signed on as initiative partners and the list is growing.”

“The overall goal of the DMDII facility is develop and nurture talent right here in the Chicago area and reinstate America as a hub for innovation,” added Turnbull.  “The center will be an incubator of new ideas and technologies and success of the labs will be gauged by Investor Company’s return on investments, the ability to find new sources of research funding and the development of new avenues for commercialized technologies.  We were thrilled to be a part of the team that created this special space that will serve as a launching pad to create new products and businesses right here at home.”

“It has been a true pleasure and a wonderful opportunity for us to provide interior furnishings for UI Labs,” commented Holly Clarke, Account Executive at KAYHAN. “We were thrilled to play a role in this exciting partnership alongside a multitude of extremely talented industry trades involved in one of the most innovative, forward-thinking, digital manufacturing facilities of our time within the Chicago area.”

Kayhan is a service and detail-oriented furniture provider with deep roots in providing turnkey solutions to create work environments that support client business models around the world. “It’s not just furniture that we provide, but an entire workplace strategy we implement to support client business structures and assure productivity and return on investment within the workplace. UI Labs is one of those organizations where a highly collaborative work environment is critical to the success of their business model,” added Clarke.

KAYHAN installed furniture in a wide variety of spaces within the lab, including executive board rooms, lecture hall, various training areas, multi-purpose rooms, reception stations, private offices and work spaces.  The project, with a furniture budget of just under a million dollars, included soft seating, lounge seating, bench seating and industrial shelving. 

“Collaboration and flexibility ruled in this project; and so it was natural to outfit most of the facility with Haworth product.  Haworth furniture encourages collaboration and sharing of information and ideas, as well as to allow for future growth, making it easy to accommodate additional end users comfortably without major revisions,” concluded Clarke.

The DMDII will also serve as the new headquarters for UI Labs. All of the elements that compose the DMDII’s design help make the facility the showpiece for UI Labs and its groundbreaking work. The building is flexible, robust, and configured to support future expansion. It is the first of its kind, establishing a new typology for 21st-century manufacturing facilities that supports fast-paced, digital-age invention.