Pearl Izumi Headquarters
At Active Gear Review we test gear and equipment to get a real world in-depth analysis. This report is a glimpse at one of those companies that creates some of those product we use everyday. I had the good fortune to take a tour recently of the new Pearl Izumi American Headquarters in Louisville, CO.
Welcome to Pearl Izumi HQ
Pearl Izumi is a company that’s quite progressive and innovative with their product offerings. The move to a brand new building is a showcase of all the things that make them unique. They are in the business of making quality cycling, triathlon, and running performance apparel and footwear. This new facility reflects that quality, attention to detail, and progressive design. The accolades are starting to come in. Its headquarters was recently honored by the Colorado and Denver Chapters of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a Merit and Honor Award for Built Architecture.
The architects stressed an environmentally friendly design throughout the building. It offers abundant natural lighting, high ceilings, ideal solar orientation, and natural ventilation. Onsite amenities include a fitness room, an employee living room, break areas, bike room, locker rooms, a protected courtyard, porches, and an outdoor amphitheater which will extend the social and workspace to the outdoors. Fantastic front range views are framed and highlighted throughout the building capturing the Boulder Flatirons and Longs Peak.
Pearl Izumi HQ amenities
Several things that stood out from my vantage point were the kitchen/breakroom, retail showroom, and bicycle storage room.
First of all, an amazing kitchen/break area allows for the employees to congregate, meet, and eat. An informal yet creative way to talk shop. I was offered a very nice and smooth espresso from their kitchen to begin our tour. Off to a good start, I’d say!
The showroom is shared with their parent company, Shimano. It’s a space that allows retailers to come in, and look at every single item that Pearl Izumi offers up for the coming season. An ideal place for a buyer or shop owner to pick and choose the products that their customers would want to wear. In addition, it’s a chance to see this amazing facility and meet the people behind it all.
And lastly, the Bicycle room. I know this can simply be viewed as employee parking, but having a dedicated bicycle space for commuters and lunch time riders speaks volumes. It promotes healthy living, environmental awareness, and the opportunity for hands on testing and product promotion.
Pearl Izumi HQ extras
The building itself uses countless recyclable materials like container siding for exterior walls. The use of re-purposed wood is present throughout, but is very evident upon approach to the building. The Pearl Izumi entry sign area is a unique blend of stone, steel, and wood which leaves a memorable impression entering and leaving.
A space that houses all of the product samples is this huge sliding vault-like storage area. I know each and every one of you would salivate at the chance to take a peek and browse at the amazing choices presented.
This is a space unlike any other. The entire building exudes coolness. Quite the place for creative individuals to design and create apparel and gear for the running, cycling, and triathlon communities. The layout, materials, renewable energy systems, and spaces created are only part of the reason this facility has received such accolades. Pearl Izumi has established itself as a leader in creating top-notch products which is reflected in the place they call ‘home’.
For more information on Pearl Izumi and its line of products please click here.