It’s a sunny mid-July morning, about 30 minutes before an open house at Nestlé’s new Research & Development center in Solon, Ohio. There’s a buzz in the air as the first of about 100 visitors—local and state officials, architects, media and Nestlé officials—start filing in to register.
Interestingly, visitors find a silent presentation already underway in the glassed-in front lobby. A flat screen TV shows a five-minute time lapse video of the 144,000-square-foot facility under construction from September 14, 2013 to May 30, 2015. Perched atop a high pole, a panoramic camera captured every aspect of greenfield ground preparation, building and landscaping during northeast Ohio’s four seasons. It’s a fascinating, momentary story of time and place—on a small scale.