Qualcomm Building QSan Diego, California
Architecture, interior architecture and design and civil engineering services for a 250,000 SF, 5-level steel building addition, along with the development of new office standards. The project includes a connector bridge from the center of the existing building to the adjacent five-story design-build parking garage, as well as a remote central plant with a co-generation facility.
A key objective was maximizing headcount and operational efficiencies, while finding a delicate balance between forward-thinking collaborative spaces and traditional focus work spaces. The new work environment had to be inviting to facilitate employee engagement. For efficiency, the building was designed rectilinear in plan. Employee workstations fill the majority of the space with private offices sprinkled in. In order to reinforce collaborative “co-working,” each floor incorporates various amenity spaces including a conference center, cafe, gym, work room, collaboration pods, enclaves, and game rooms. A full service cafeteria is located on the first-floor glass line and serves as a large community space for employees. Key features consist of a balcony with over flow space, a green roof garden, and wood paneling derived from reclaimed basketball bleachers. Connecting all levels of the building is a four-story cantilevered switchback stair, bringing vertical circulation and natural light to penetrate through from the skylight above. The project is LEED-NC Gold Certified.