After a large international micro-electronics company acquired a high-tech Silicon Valley company, they were challenged with rapid growth and the need for a larger office space that would complement their international corporate design guidelines and culture.
In addition to following the guidelines, the team set project goals that included designing an open environment with special attention given to acoustics, high ceilings, flexibility and creating spaces suitable for heads-down work—in short, making the office a desirable place for the recruitment and retention of the client’s highly valued engineers.
The AP+I Design team was tasked with interpreting the guidelines based on local availability of products and materials. To adhere to the client’s high-caliber guidelines while meeting the budget and maintaining the project schedule, creative solutions had to be found. Working in tandem with the general contractor and furniture supplier, AP+I translated the guidelines in a cost-effective way using DIRTT Environmental Solutions (prefabricated interior construction) in over 60% of the office space. This allowed the design to maximize flexibility, growth and adaptability for the client’s constantly evolving workspace and technology needs.
AP+I collaborated with all the project team disciplines to reach the projects other goals. The two-story building’s wood frame construction was given special floor and ceiling treatments to achieve the required acoustic performance. Mechanical ducts were carefully located within the open ceilings so they wouldn’t interfere with the specialty lighting.
The resulting space is open, light-filled and versatile, that reflects the agile nature of its occupants.