Scott Sports moved a few weeks ago into an impressive new headquarters in Givisiez, the Swiss town it has called home for 40 years. The construction of the new, single building began in June 2016 and cost about 60 million Swiss francs (€54m-$60m). The result is a seven-story structure of almost 26,000 square meters, with 50 meeting rooms and space for 480 to 600 workstations. Showrooms account for a bit less than one-sixth of the total space, or 4,000 square meters.
Scott's resources were previously spread out over five buildings. Now, for the first time, the R&D, sales and marketing departments and all the other functions for the Syncros, Bold Cycles, Avanti, Malvern Star, Dolomite, Bach, Lizard and Outdoor Research brands are all under the same roof. There is a single auditorium for presentations and a large restaurant for lunch.
The ground floor is a showcase for the company's bicycles and their components – including those made by Scott's subsidiary Bergamont, which remains based in Hamburg – while downstairs, in the basement, employees can lock up their own bikes in a shed set aside for the purpose. There they can also make use of company fitness rooms, showers and lockers.
The building was in part a collaboration with Kvadrat, a Danish textile company, and Price Industries, a ventilation company with offices all over the world. It is reportedly the first building in Europe to use a single system to control heating, ventilation and acoustics. Much of the building's energy is geothermal or solar, and mechanical elements play a role in the building's regulation as well. The façade sports 800 automatic flaps to filter natural light, and the window glass darkens or lightens as needed.
Scott Sports was founded in 1958, when Ed Scott of Sun Valley, Idaho, traded the steel and bamboo of traditional ski poles for aluminum. The company born out of that innovation, Scott USA, moved into the motocross market in 1970 and hit the world of cycling with an aerodynamic handlebar in 1989. The company moved to Switzerland in 1992.
Scott's long-time chief executive, Beat Zaugg, bought the company in 1998 together with a Swedish partner, Tom Stendahl, who has subsequently cashed out, leaving Zaugg in full control. Youngone Holdings acquired an initial stake of 20 percent in Scott in 2013, and the Korean group upped it to 50.1 percent in 2015. While maintaining a presence in the ski market, notably through its subsidiary Powderhorn, Scott has since focused on expanding into new segments such as trail running. In 2015, it acquired Dolomite, the Italian brand of hiking boots, from the Tecnica Group. It has taken over other brands since then.