INTERIORS - OFFICE
the project is the first interior build-out for 899 west evelyn and creates an expansive new headquarters for a rapidly-growing tech company 23andme, which had been crammed in an undersized and outdated office space slated for demolition. the open bench workstations at the perimeter of the floorplates maximize light and air for staff. they are organized around a core of meeting rooms designed to accommodate the many different ways teams collaborate on projects. the ground floor includes a fitness center and a large cafeteria designed to house company wide functions.
for the renovation of building 11, we saw an opportunity to create a design that worked with the natural features of the existing building, which had been covered up and neglected for years. instead of spreading private offices across the entire floor plate and creating small spaces, brick reduced the number of private offices and instead opened up the center of the floor to allow the staff to work more collaboratively and opened up the low ceilings to the vaulted ceiling, adding a central skylight to bring natural daylight into the center of the space.
for our first of many future projects with the county, we were brought on to update the assessor-recorder's lobby, a heavily used public-facing center that handles functions critical to county residents. we were tasked with combining the research and counter service areas into one larger public lobby with better access to windows and natural light, and develop a permanent bullet-resistant counter area with better security for the staff working with sensitive records and cash. while the project is still in the bidding phase, the new lobby design, with curved millwork counters, fresher materials, and more informed layout, is more inviting and will better serve the public and staff.
an existing medical office located in a prominent san francisco neighborhood was in need of a functional and visual update. brick, working within the existing bones of the building, provided a design that raises the profile for the surrounding neighborhood and visitors. common areas most visited by patients and doctors were targeted, connecting a progression of spaces from the patient's car door to the doctor's office. by focusing valuable construction dollars on the most visited areas, we created an impact while working within a budget that included accessibility upgrades.
brookfield property group needed help re-positioning their commercial office park in alameda to respond to the changing needs of prospective bay area business tenants. this meant making big improvements to the public amenities the property had to offer, including a new fitness center and shared conferencing and kitchen, as well as outdoor amenities such as bocce courts and waterside lounge areas.
when we met ingrooves, an online music distribution company located in san francisco, they were busting at the seams and desperately needed to find a new space that could accommodate their growing ranks. we helped them in their search, evaluating potential properties and ultimately we helped them convert a sublease into something they could call home. ingrooves' tight budget meant mostly paint, carpet, furniture and taking down more walls than we added; but in the end, their new space gave them some breathing room and allowed them to keep serving their clients needs without interruption.
a 72,000 sf office building on an infill site in downtown mountain view which faced the central expressway and lies mere steps from the mountain view station - a multi-modal hub for vta and caltrain. considering its prime location, the project follows a strong sustainable design agenda through cutting-edge mechanical systems, regionally-harvested building materials, and a high performance glazing system, and was designed for an established tech company looking to relocate and shake up how they work.