The Pacific Center Campus Development (PCCD), located in San Diego, Calif., was a transformative project for a major Fortune 500 technology company in setting a new standard and benchmark for its future of workplace. The project included a Research and Development (R+D) Building, an Amenities Building, and a complete site transformation. The new buildings provide space for 1,200 software and hardware engineers who are developing some of the most widely utilized semiconductor products in the world. With this new innovative workplace development, the company shifted to creating purpose-built facilities that enhance employee wellbeing, health, and productivity.
The PCCD project began with the overarching goal of creating an environment that would attract, retain, and inspire top engineering talent to elevate innovation from within to drive its future success. To achieve this, the concept focused on transforming the existing corporate campus from a vehicle-oriented development dominated by surface parking to an immersive, pedestrian oriented campus that integrates beautiful indoor and outdoor workplace environments.
Major program components were organized to provide future flexibility and social interactions along circulation systems and collaborative spaces while having clearly defined focus areas for the office and research spaces. The building was organized along a strong east/west orientation with its narrow floor plates to optimize our passive design strategies for day-lighting and natural ventilation. These integrated passive design strategies were all based on optimizing productivity in the interior work environment with access to daylight, views and providing thermal comfort – all directly influencing the individual’s environment. These strategies were also the primary design elements which defined the architecture and high performance façade design which enhanced building performance and reduced future operating cost. Employees were also provided with more connections to nature through a trail system connecting to the adjacent Lopez Canyon.