Then & Now: Grove Regulatory Company/Clif Bar HQ

Published On October 28, 2013 | By Rob Arias | History & Archive, In the Neighborhood, Neighbor Spotlight

“Seasoned” E’villains will remember when the building on the corner of Hollis & 65th was an Andronico’s Central market (it might have been ahead of its time) and subsequently Charles Chocolates, but I had no idea this was a “World War II valve manufacturing facility” according to this spotlight from OfficeSnapshots.com on the new Clif Bar Headquarters. ZGF Architects sought to create a space that “celebrates the inherent natural light and volumetric space of the repurposed warehouse, while capturing the company culture and connecting employees to the outdoors through ‘biophilic’ interior design”. The headquarters has received LEED Platinum certification features an open office working environment, research and development kitchen, a gym, on-site childcare, theater facilities, and a cafe.

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During WWII, the home of Clif Bar HQ was the Grove Regulatory Company

I personally have never been inside Clif Bars headquarters, but I’m pretty confident that if I begged & pleaded, they’d accommodate me (Pixar on the other hand requires a TSA Rapiscan and references from at least three congressman). Clif Bar has established itself as one of the top places to work (#9 on this small/medium top-50 list on CNN) and by all accounts a great corporate citizen in Emeryville having recently sponsored the city summer concert series. (Uh, I wonder if they’re hiring any web designer/bloggers? 😉 )


Inside Clif Bar & Company’s Emeryville Headquarters

Energy and nutrition food company Clif Bar & Company moved into a new, LEED Platinum certified headquarters building in 2010. Designed by ZGF Architects, the Emeryville office combines an open-work environment, biophilic design, and energy efficiency.
ZGF Architects explains:
“The 75,000 square-foot Clif Bar Headquarters transforms an original World War II valve manufacturing facility into a workplace haven for the outdoor enthusiasts at Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of organic sports nutrition foods and healthy snacks. The space celebrates the inherent natural light and volumetric space of the repurposed warehouse, while capturing the company culture and connecting employees to the outdoors through “biophilic” interior design.
The project exemplifies Clif Bar’s core values, from custom door pulls made from bike frames to the solar array on the roof. Housed in the EmeryTech Building in Emeryville, California, the project has received LEED Platinum certification. The headquarters features an open office working environment, research and development kitchen, a gym, on-site childcare, theater facilities, and a cafe.

Read more on OfficeSnapshots.com →

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

One Response to Then & Now: Grove Regulatory Company/Clif Bar HQ

  1. Jax says:

    Wow. It is amazing. But I have to say I miss Andronico’s – they were just a bit ahead of their time.

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