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Pearl Izumi headquarters wins architectural prize

Published October 21, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Pearl Izumi's new headquarters building here was recently honored by the Colorado and Denver chapters of The American Institute of Architects.

The new headquarters received the top honor from AIA Colorado: the Honor Award for Built Architecture, as well as the Merit Award for Built Architecture from AIA Denver.

The building was designed by Arch11, Inc. and ZGF Architects, LLC, and built by general contractors Haselden Construction.

Randy McGee, a principal at ZGF Architects, said, "These accolades speak to the significance of this project, and the uniqueness and creativity of the Pearl Izumi culture and brand. Of the many jury comments regarding the project, the one that stands out is something that directly relates to Pearl's heritage: they felt that the building was by and of Colorado."

The 55,000 square-foot facility, which opened last December, features a world-class Design and Development Center that reflects the company's Japanese heritage, showcases a commitment to the product development, and provides a creative workplace to explore and inspire new ideas and innovation. The natural palette of materials used to construct the new headquarters integrates easily into the natural Colorado landscape, embracing the Rocky Mountain view and celebrating the company's commitment to outdoor sports.

"We are very proud to see this building recognized for its merits, as it reflects the passion for outdoor performance products and the athletic lifestyle Pearl Izumi champions," said Cache Mundy, Pearl Izumi's vice president of product and development. "It truly serves as a purpose-built space for our employees to craft and deliver our products while reflecting our Colorado roots with access to the outdoor sports we love."

Pearl Izumi is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shimano American Corp., which is based in Irvine, Calif.

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