30,000 sq. ft. / Field Office / Major Software Developer / Broomfield, CO
Continuing the practice of incorporating regional elements in the interior design of VMware field offices, DWA's design team selected materials and finishes to capture local imagery. Inspired by the proximity of the Rocky Mountains, the western prairie, and Denver skyline; the design juxtaposed rustic materials such as reclaimed wood against sleek metropolitan finishes throughout the office spaces. The design strategy incorporated fun, welcoming collaborative spaces throughout the high density floor plates by introducing vibrant colors in a field of neutral colored workstations.
12,000 sq.ft. Electronics Lab / Leading Edge R&D Facility / Cupertino, CA
This 12,000 SF research and development project combines large custom mobile tables in an open plan work environment with labs accessible via wide sliding glass doors. Industrial aluminum grating provides visual privacy and an entry at a key angle at the entry and above the labs. Original surfaces of the building shell were exposed, with polished concrete, structural elements and systems integrated with the design concept of a converted loft.
VMware - Reston
50,000 sq. ft. / Major Software Developer / Regional Office & Executive Center / Reston, VA
Located within the outskirts of Washington DC, the 50,000 square foot project was designed as an extension of the Palo Alto based software company VMware. VMware’s goal was to create a space for their executive briefing center, referred to as the Center of Excellence (COE), which occupies the 4th floor of a six story building. Supporting private offices and open workstations for the facility are located on both the 4th and 6th floor and are laid out in semi-enclosed neighborhoods that foster a sense of community.
With close proximity to the nation’s capital and VMware being a technology based company, the design team wanted to mesh the old world feel of Reston, Virginia with contemporary attitude of Silicon Valley. Taking historical design cues from the surrounding area, the detailing throughout the space makes extensive use of wood and stone that is expressed in the design of the reception desk, wood paneling, gathering tables and other key elements within the space. Special attention was paid to employee work and break areas as well—hand-made, oxidized metal screens divide copy/print areas from the open office and custom break area booths that provide semi-private spaces for meetings and quiet contemplation.
Design detail highlights include an inlaid millwork wall with polished marble insets that mimic parquet floors and paneling reflective of an earlier era. The gathering tables also make use of wood and marble along with the inclusion of stainless steel that creates a high-tech, relaxed feel with a nod to the past. The break area booths are surfaced with cork wall tiles designed in such a way to provide a warm, sophisticate look within a contemporary design.
By contrasting the raw, exposed concrete structure of ceiling and walls with finished, polished surfaces, LED lighting and sophisticated materials, the project successfully integrates both the established cultural tradition of the East Coast along with the relaxed attitude of the West Coast without contradiction.
40,000 sq. ft. / Major Software Developer / Regional Office / Boston, MA
In Boston’s Seaport District, TIBCO software leased 40,000 SF to expand their regional sales and R&D operations. David's team provided a wide range of services including lease negotiations, full design, CA and post move services. David led the design team, partnering with local architects, engineers and other consultants. The space occupies the full 2nd and 3rd floors of a 1906 mill and warehouse building. The design team restored the original wood floors and exposed brick hidden behind layers of furred walls to capture the essence of the original structure. The use of large glass surfaces, both colored and clear, sliding doors systems, exposed mechanical systems, and select new finishes both contrasts and complements the rustic character of the old building with contemporary building materials and current technologies. This project was designed for and received a utility rebate for lighting design efficiency.
40,000 sq. ft. / International Automotive Company / R&D Lab & Office Building / Belmont, CA
The Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) represents the entire Volkswagen Group in applied research and development. Its mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries into the automotive domain. For this project, the ERL nearly doubled their staff and lab workspace to 40,000 SF from their previous 8-year location in Palo Alto. Emphasis in the design program was given to a specific function for each of the three project floors; vehicle labs / office / administration & common areas. An increase in illumination levels, exposed mechanical systems and a predominantly neutral Teutonic material palette with vivid custom graphic accents on each floor reflect the unique, Volkswagen ERL culture. The project is certified by the USGBC as LEED Silver.
86,000 sq. ft. / Software Company / R&D Building / Sunnyvale, CA
After a recent de-centralization, Ariba was prepared to downsize their existing space and incorporate a new operations center for their Silicon Valley engineering group. The selected location was an 86,000 square foot, 2-story existing R&D building in Sunnyvale. Workstations downsized from 8x8 to 6x8 resulted in a 30% increase in collaborative and conference spaces. This efficiency move also allowed for a new 100-seat café, fitness room and training center. State-of-the-art video conferencing technologies were integrated throughout the open office for improved communications with international business partners.