NBC KPVI News 6 | KPVI News 6 was on hand for the public unveiling of Melaleuca’s new global headquarters on March 16. The TV news story about Melaleuca’s new home office can be found here.The new home office, a very recognizable edifice south of Idaho Falls, took two years to finish and was ready for move-in last November.
The open house was hosted by Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot, who showed the 350,000-square-foot-facility to members of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the media. The families of Melaleuca employees were also invited to get a first look at their loved ones’ new workspace.
Situated on 195 acres, Melaleuca’s new headquarters is now home to most of its employees based in the vicinity. In the past, employees working in various departments were largely spread across eight separate locations in Idaho Falls and the surrounding area.
Because it was built from the ground up, this new global office represents a departure from Melaleuca’s frugal history of taking over vacant or otherwise available standing structures. For 23 years, Melaleuca operated out of the old Ziggy’s Hardware store in Idaho Falls, which was retrofitted and later connected to the old Idaho Falls City Sewer Administration building.
Despite being a completely from-scratch building, Melaleuca’s new corporate headquarters—and all the state-of-the-art equipment in it—was paid for by cash. Melaleuca’s policy has always been to operate without going into debt.
The new home office contains employee workspace, which includes a call center and 38 conference rooms, several audiovisual broadcast and production facilities, extensive research and development labs, a restaurant, a fitness center, and an events center.
The building was designed to be both functional and inviting. Architectural highlights include two large fireplaces, a three-story atrium, a grand staircase at the building’s center, and custom woodwork throughout the building.