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June 16, 2023

LL Bean unveils makeover of Freeport headquarters

L.L.Bean unveiled its refurbished Freeport headquarters Thursday.

The 390,000-square-foot campus, which consolidates several sites, underwent a $110 million makeover that the retailers said promotes connectivity with nature, sustainability, well-being and productivity.

The building features expansive windows, natural light, indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, treehouses, fireplaces, public trails and a 10,000-square-foot open courtyard, according to a news release.

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L.L.Bean's $110 million headquarters campus, shown here in a rendering, consolidates several offices and add new amenities for employees.

L.L.Bean also added a product-testing lab featuring a rain room and a production studio to photograph products and models for their catalogs. The interior of the building is decorated with artwork that commemorates the company’s 110-year-long history, including quotes from its founder, Leon Leonwood Bean.

“As an outdoor brand whose purpose is all about helping people to get outside, we thought it was only fitting to have a headquarters that brings the outside in for our employees,” said Shawn Gorman, L.L. Bean executive chairman. “From the beginning, this project was about honoring L.L.’s love of the outdoors with a modern, energy-efficient and light-filled space. I think he’d be proud to see how that legacy has inspired our beautiful new workplace.”

Zachau Construction of Freeport managed the project. SMRT, of Portland, was the architect. 

Employees perks

  • On-site coffee shop and self-serve cafeteria with five kitchens
  • 14 quiet rooms, five mothers rooms, multi-stall and gender-neutral single-stall restrooms, private workspaces, soundproof phone booths and huddle rooms.
  •  Workstations with ergonomic chairs, desks and monitor setups.
  •  A health clinic offering free preventative health services, injury treatment and short-term confidential counseling.
  • Employees, spouses and retired L.L. Bean employees will also have access to a fitness center with fully equipped locker rooms.

The retailer designed the building with climate change in mind and reused materials from the previous structure. The company said this move saved over 1,000 tons of embedded carbon dioxide — equivalent to removing 200 cars from the road. The new building runs on 80% renewable energy generated by solar installations.


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