WD-40 was invented in San Diego about 65 years ago. Although the company has expanded into a wide variety of brands, the iconic WD-40 multi-use product remains their flagship product, and their headquarters remain in San Diego. Last year they moved into a new location to consolidate multiple office buildings. The result successfully reflects the six core values embedded in their rich culture, as well as their local origins and history, their international presence, and the markets they serve.
The unique architectural details of the new WD-40 headquarters creatively express the everyday nature of the company. Through imaginative uses, local artisans incorporated commonplace items into the design of the office. Examples include a license plate wall in the “garage” multi-purpose room, a collection of industrial-style light bulbs over the eat-in island in the “living room” coffee break area, and a double-pitch, corrugated-metal roof in the “outback” break room. The results are fantastic and the employees love their new space!