Eaton Corporation is a global diversified power management company that is publicly traded and listed on the Fortune 500. It has hundreds of employees who work at several locations around Northeast Ohio. After about 30 years at its former headquarters, Eaton sought to unify its Cleveland-area employees in a new facility that would “help increase employee interaction, efficiency, and productivity while meeting our commitment to continuous improvements in environment, health and safety,” said Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton’s chairman and chief executive officer.
After a thorough selection process, Eaton chose the Chagrin Highlands development
as the site of its new Cleveland, Ohio offices. It purchased 53-acres in the development in 2009. Due to The Richard E. Jacobs Group’s vast development expertise, it was selected as the project manager for the design and construction of the new headquarters. Among The Jacobs Group’s responsibilities was selecting the design team and construction manager, negotiating contracts, serving as the owner representative, coordinating with city and state agencies, and managing the project schedule, cost estimates and approved budget. Ground was broken in June 2010.
Employees moved into the new 10-story, 580,000-square-foot building in February 2013. It houses approximately 700 Eaton employees that were previously located at the Eaton Center in downtown Cleveland, a telecomputer center in Eastlake and a learning and technology center in Willoughby Hills. The facility features covered parking, walking trails, a fitness center, conference and meeting spaces, and an auditorium. Consistent with Eaton’s belief in sustainability, the facility will be LEED certified. The Jacobs Group serves as the facility manager for Eaton Center.