Walmart is gearing up for a massive construction project – its new home office. According to Walmart officials, the project is set to begin this summer.
Walmart revealed several conceptual drawings for its new headquarters in Bentonville on Friday, May 17.
What officials are calling Walmart’s “dream home” was designed with the community and their associates in mind. They will be adding ample natural light, expanded food options, convenient parking, options for fitness and a child care facility to create a modern, accessible campus in hopes of attracting the next generation of state-of-the-art technology.
The company also looked to the future in their design, making it as eco-friendly as possible to continue their work in conservation. Solar panels on top of parking decks, energy-efficient lighting and locally sourced building materials are just a few of the measures Walmart officials have taken to reduce their carbon footprint. The campus will also feature trees and shrubs to encourage wildlife habitation as well as bike trails and walking paths for associates.
Walmart officials consider Northwest Arkansas to be their home. Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, said, “Arkansas has been good to us, and there’s nowhere else we’d rather call home. When I imagine the next 60 years, I can’t help but smile at the possibilities.” The company insists on sticking to its roots in the building of this new campus and sees it as an investment in the community.
The campus will be divided into four quadrants that will connected by bike trails and walking paths. “The design embraces the natural beauty of the region and promotes a healthy mind and body with use of green spaces, courtyards, trails, lakes and regionally-sourced trees and plants,” according to a Walmart press release.
Demolition and utility construction on the new Walmart home office are set to begin this summer. The design plans will be finalized in the next 18-24 months, and construction will begin. Officials hope to begin opening in stages between 2020 and 2024.