Located nearby Autodesk’s main headquarters, 3900 Civic Center had served to provide expansion space as the company needed it on an ad-hoc basis resulting in an unplanned workplace. The new office design concept starts with transforming the building’s central core into a natural hub for neighborhoods of open work areas. In the neighborhoods, private offices were replaced with open work areas situated around informal spaces for team collaboration. The design team worked closely with Autodesk to incorporate established alternative workplace strategies in conjunction with traditional workstation systems. Teaming areas feature erasable whiteboard wall surfaces and tackable partitions to provide almost infinite space for brainstorming sessions and group problem-solving. In lieu of a traditional representation of its brand, collages of client projects created within Autodesk’s software make up graphic walls that mark entry from the neighborhoods.
Certified as LEED-CI Platinum, the project incorporates perimeter daylight dimmer controls to reduce electricity consumption. Bicycle parking, electric vehicle recharging stations, and carpool parking were also integrated into the design as part of the targeted LEED credits.
Location San Rafael, CA
Scope Office Planning and Interior Design (LEED-CI Platinum certified)
Size 46,000 square feet
Credits Photography by Jasper Sanidad