The OpenText tenant improvement project spans two floors (108,000 sf) of new commercial offices in San Mateo. This design is beautifully functional, inspiring to be within, and adaptable as OpenText evolves.
Objective 1: Be a crucible for OpenText culture as a physical manifestation of the brand with employee wellbeing at the forefront.
The design team implemented best practice planning principles to maximize user wellbeing and productivity. Ninety-nine percent of open workstations have views to the outside with seventy-nine percent situated within natural light. Walk-stations, sit-stand desks, alternative work positions and a games room create a dynamic work culture.
The team also wove OpenText DNA into the fabric of the design. Actual lines of code from the first OpenText program were laser cut into metal panels creating storytelling artwork. A large AV wall creates a lively educational experience for products and services.
Objective 2: Be a workplace where employees feel comfortable and happy -- a place they are proud to bring customers, partners, friends and family and that appeals to all demographics:
Workplace and hospitality designers collaborated for a look and feel that blend seamlessly with functional design to create a sophisticated work environment that appeals to a broader demographic. Color palettes are harmonious and on brand. Strategically designed refuel stations provide nourishment, respite and opportunity to work outside.
Objective 3: Be an environment that fosters innovation and collaboration while providing employees choices in how they work:
An irresistible stair creates a striking central landmark and unique identification for this office. Collaboration avenues lead to the stair and social epicenter. Open collaboration occurs away from desk areas for better workplace privacy and without fear of disturbing others.
As they promote themselves as a sophisticated, world-leading technology company in the Bay Area, it represents a new era in their evolution.
Photography: Emily Hagopian Photography
Work - Large
Location: San Mateo
Design Team: HOK
Shaw, Interface, Sullivan Hardwood, FORBO
Steelcase, Coalesse, B&B Italia, USM Haller, Herman Miller, Knoll POI
Tile-Stone Source, Benheim Glass, Steelcase Modular Walls
KVADRAT - Maharam, Designtex, Gan Rugs
Neidhart, Fluxwerx, Finelight, Lithonia, Lindsey Adelman, Studio, BOCCI, USAI Lighting
Mission Bell, Rinaldi Stone
Acoustics - Charles Salter
Fire/Life Safety - The Fire Consultants
Custom Metalworks - Chris French Metals
Electrical Engineer - SASCO