The geometry of the JST Production Engineering Center is striking, with more than 70 corners inside and out.
JST Production Engineering Center
Firm LocationAustell, Georgia, United States
Project locationMiddletown, Pennsylvania
CompanyYKK AP America, Inc.
Lead ArchitectRyuichi Ashizawa Architects (Design Architect)
Design TeamArchitect of Record: Arcari+Iovino Architects General Contractor: Shimizu North America Local Contractor: B&D Builders Glazing Contractor: Hershocks Glass Inc. Timber Fabricator: Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Heavy Timber Engineer: Fire Tower MEP Engineer: Princeton Engineering Group Civil Engineer: Hoover Engineering Metal Systems Manufacturer: YKK AP America Inc.
The new JST Production Engineering Center is the Japanese electrical connector company’s newest facility in Swatara Township, Pa. The geometrical design of the 52,000 square-foot center represents a deep connection to nature, taking inspiration from tree roots. As the building flows back, it becomes taller and wider to represent this growth. This series of connected wood structures reveal an unexpected, novel and yet sustainable design approach using poplar laminated beams, deep roof overhangs, flow-through ventilation and a floor-to-ceiling glass exterior (composed of 40% glass).