ALL OVER THE MAP How Kevin Phoenix of C.R. Bard’s Global Facilities Group anticipates the needs of a rapidly expanding company throughout North America
C.R. Bard is already considering expansion options for the Bard Access Systems Divisional HQ Building in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, Utah
BY CHRIS GIGLEY
C.R. BARD, INC. HASN’T STOPPED GROWING SINCE KEVIN PHOENIX ARRIVED IN 2001. As director of global facilities, Phoenix has seen the medical device company’s sales rise from $1.5 billion to $3.4 billion by the end of 2015. The company’s need for more real estate increases in conjunction with those sales, and Phoenix says he has anchored himself to a set of long-held criteria at C.R. Bard, which was established 108 years ago. “Every project we work on must fit into some absolutes, one of which is our set of corporate values—quality, innovation, integrity, and service,” he says. “We want to create a productive environment for our employees, protect them from harm, and protect our supply chain to customers.” Those tenets, and the use of strategic facility planning, have helped Phoenix stay on track on an array of different projects that each come with its own unique set of challenges. He discusses some of the highlights here with American Builders Quarterly.
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BARD ACCESS SYSTEMS DIVISION HQ SALT LAKE CITY Completed in 2007, this project was motivated purely by the massive growth of the Bard Access Systems division. Given its rapid growth, Phoenix says, the old divisional headquarters building simply ran out of space. This compelled the division to move to a 185,000-square-foot location—more than double the size of the old one. “This was a relatively easy one for us in that we were taking employees from a cramped, dingy space and moving them into a roomy and totally renovated space,” he says. “The challenge at Bard is staying ahead of our growth. That building has already filled up again.” With a lease that runs into 2021, Phoenix says his team is evaluating future expansion options.