When it comes to taste, Hillshire Brands doesn’t disappoint. The company that brought us Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park franks recently opened a new headquarters in Chicago that is as full of flavor as its famous fare.

Lightswitch Architectural and Perkins + Will collaborated on the project, which involved adapting a 300,000-square-foot former industrial building in the city’s West Loop neighborhood into a hip, new headquarters. Using BIM and the latest lighting and control technologies, the team created an energy-efficient office that is both a visual treat and a healthy green environment.

What It Was: Hillshire Brands got a delicious new space in downtown Chicago. After moving to the suburbs in 2009, the former subsidiary of Sara Lee Corp. returned to the city where it was headquartered for more than 60 years. Architect and interior designer Perkins + Will designed the $75 million renovation of an existing 300,000-square-foot industrial building in the up-and-coming West Loop neighborhood.

What We Did: Lightswitch Architectural designed the lighting for all public and private spaces. We selected low-energy, low-maintenance solutions, like fluorescent and LED sources, and designed a substantial DALI-protocol control system that includes occupancy sensors, keypads and touch-screens in conference rooms, personal control capabilities, and daylighting controls. All told, our design came in more than 40% below energy code.

Why It Worked: By working in Revit, we were able to seamlessly coordinate our plans with the architect and engineer, significantly reducing time-consuming and costly errors. Using our technological know-how of lighting, controls and BIM, we guided the project team to a successful completion that was on time and in budget.