Jack Links Headquarters

The new 60,000 SF Jack Links headquarters pairs a modern workspace with a test kitchen and extensive R&D lab to support an ever-growing range of products.

The test kitchen is supported by a 12,000 SF research & development lab. It’s here where chefs and product development teams experiment with new flavors and techniques. Top-of-theline features include a meat locker, four smokers, and a temperature-controlled spice room.

The primary challenge in designing the space was determining how to securely vent the lab through 4 1/2 finished and occupied floors.


Location: Minneapolis, MN
Opening Date: March 2018
Equipment Cost: $250,000
Project Size: 1,000 SF

Awards: 2018 Finance & Commerce Top Project


Test Kitchen

“frk has had the good fortune to with Rippe Associates for more than 20 years on many projects together. Our focus is the K-12 market and we have always appreciated the deep knowledge base, attention to detail, and extensive experience the team at Rippe Associate provides for educational design. We have also greatly valued the professional, yet personal approach, their designers take with our clients. When working with Rippe, we are always confident the project will be a success!”

Thomas C. Wollan, AIA, LEED AP

Partner at frk architects + engineers

“When it comes to dietary planning, Rippe is always first on my list when team building. They have a strong understanding of all the issues, are creative problem solvers, and are consistent with their execution.”

Daniel J. Rectenwald, AIA, ACHA, NCARB

Vice President, Principal at HGA

"The development of Elmhurst Hospital’s replacement campus was complex. The Rippe team supported our vision to transform healthcare foodservice. The result was exceptional reviews from our patients and staff, along with a facility that supported efficient operations."

David E. Reeves

Past President of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF)


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