A newly redesigned headquarters for a confidential, multinational client that specializes in data centers. The goal for this project was to create a space that puts their values on display while establishing a brand identity for future build-outs. Some of those values include: a people first approach, a space where diversity and uniqueness are celebrated, sustainability is not just a buzz word but a key driver in how we live and work within a community.

In total, the project consisted of a 4-story 120,000 SF tenant improvement project, with 30,000 SF of exterior modifications to support and enhance the new functionality of the spaces within. This included permeable paving in the parking lot, new rooftop equipment, photovoltaic canopy for EV-charging cards, structural upgrades and fire suppression system.

Additional amenities included a newly opened communicating stair between floors, allowing for cross-collaboration between floors. A suspension rope concept that plays throughout the office build-out offered a relatively inexpensive way to add dimension and texture to the stair.

The original floor plate was completely gutted in order to achieve the client’s goals, thereby eliminating the 1970’s private offices along the window-line and establishing a free-address open office mode of working. This allowed employees the freedom to choose where they work and operationally the company gave flexibility of when they work, something of a new trend that many tech clients embraced after working from home during COVID.

Thinking ahead and connecting to the community at large, the client added a full-service kitchen, servery, and cafĂ© to the first floor. Employees get the option to eat fantastic food and the neighboring office park tenants can also enjoy. Utilizing the site to its full potential, additional outdoor seating was created to connect to the immediately adjacent man-made lagoon.

My role on the project as PM was primarily in keeping the project on time and on budget for the exterior scope of work. Secondarily I supported the interior design team in completing Construction Documentation, Redwood City permitting, Construction Administration and Close Out. Team included 7 individuals under AP+I’s umbrella alongside collaboration with MEP, Structural, Food Service, Lighting Design, and Civil consultants. Additional coordination between GC sub-contractors and client contracted specialists included AV-IT, Furniture, and Security.

Design Firm: AP+I Design, Inc.Architect of Record: AP+I Design, Inc.General Contractor: NOVO ConstructionProject Type: Commercial Tenant Improvement + Exterior Renovation; Location: Redwood City, CA; Completed: February 2022;  Size: 4 stories, ~150,000 Sq. Ft.; Photography: John Sutton

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