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New Adobe building encourages interactivity, ingenuity

By Sam Penrod  |  Posted Dec 6th, 2012 @ 8:09pm


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LEHI — Adobe's new glass and concrete geometric building stands out against the Point of the Mountain. The company moved in a month ago and welcomed the press in Thursday.

Adobe constructed the building with their values in mind, their Global Workspaces Director, Jonathan Francom said.

"We want this building to more or less scream our values: being innovative, being genuine, being involved, being exceptional," Francom said.

As you walk into Adobe's new campus in Lehi you'll find a lot of open space with natural light. You'll also find a basketball court with both the college and NBA three point lines, a workout room, a rock climbing wall and a full-service cafeteria with a wide variety of choices.

Francom, a native Utahn, says it is because Adobe believes new ideas aren't always created in front of a computer screen.

"The atrium space is more or less the nucleus of the campus. This is where we try to give a lot of interactivity," Francom said.

In fact, employees are encouraged to stop and visit with each other.

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"As you move through the building there are opportunities for our employees to bump into each other, to have those unplanned conversations, that, I believe capture the magic of what we are trying to do as a business and be more successful," said Adobe Digital Marketing General Manager Brad Rencher.

So what does Adobe do at this location? It's not the consumer products like PhotoShop or Acrobat. Here, Adobe works on digital marketing for large corporations.

"This is people hitting our customers' websites or mobile applications via their smartphones their tablets or their PC's," Rencher said. They look to us to understand what is going on in their business. I call it the virtual cockpit for digital marketers."

Adobe's goal in Utah is to dominate digital marketing around the globe.

"The culture we have is very innovative, it is focused on delivering value to our customers," Rencher said.

Adobe already has 1,000 employees in Utah, but has plans to add on and expand two more buildings in coming years, bringing hundreds more jobs to Lehi.

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