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Gensler gets lead spot on Walmart’s project team for new headquarters construction

BY Marianne Wilson

Walmart has assembled an impressive team to build an expansive new headquarters as it looks to attract “the next generation of talent.”

The world’s largest retailer (and the nation’s largest private employer) will build a new corporate campus across 350 acres of native-seeded greenery in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark. Walmart selected Gensler as the executive architect to oversee the project from start to finish.

“The new Walmart campus will embody the DNA attributes for a connected and successful workplace with the latest advances in technology and sustainability, while reflecting the Walmart culture and seamlessly integrating into the fabric of the community,” said Douglas C. Gensler, Gensler principal and managing director.

Gensler will design the future office buildings and will lead a team of consultants that include Miller Boskus Lack Architects, whose focus will be to lead design teams for the amenity buildings around campus including the fitness center, auditorium and food hall.

Other project consultants include landscape architecture firm SWA Group and planning and design firm Sasaki. Engineering services will be provided by Walter P Moore and CEI Engineering Associates.

“We want our new campus to create an environment that helps associates move the company forward, is in line with our sustainability goals (to be powered by 100% renewable energy and create zero waste) and stays true to our roots in Northwest Arkansas,” Dan Bartlett, executive VP, corporate affairs, Walmart, wrote in a blog post. “So, we’ve taken careful consideration to select the very best talent who have the experience to design a modern, connected campus that is uniquely Walmart.”

Bartlett continued: “Some of the design leaders call Arkansas home, while others bring experience from around the world. We believe this blend of the best global players and the best local team will result in a new Home Office that positions us for the future.”

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