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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

SunPower Offices at Richmond, California by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

 
February 19th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The design strategy for this office headquarters project for a solar power company in an historic Ford auto factory grew out of the multiple objectives of the client and architect: aesthetics, function, and sustainability:

 

Entry Stairs of Office

Entry Stairs of Office

  • Architect: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
  • Size: 200,000 square feet
  • Estimated Cost: N/A
  • Dates: 2003-2009
  • Services Provided: Concept Design, Cost Estimating, Programming, SD, DD, CD, CA
  • Software Used: AutoCAD

Since the company is a leading developer and manufacturer of solar power technology, the all aspects of the project, including the flooring, needed to reflect the company’s culture and commitment to sustainability. The main palette of floor materials – all of which were sustainable – included carpet (Bentley Prince Street “Urban Scene”), bamboo (Plyboo) and a polishing / stain finish (Retroplate) on the existing concrete factory floor that dates to 1931. In addition to being certifiably sustainable, the flooring materials and treatments were selected for their inherent beauty, durability, and industrial-Modern design sensibility to complement the historic shell.

 

Bamboo Conference Room

Bamboo Conference Room

Since the offices were on one floor in one vast, open space (nearly 200,000 s.f.) and contained numerous departments and ancillary areas, there was a goal to accommodate the seemingly contradictory objectives of defining these different areas while preserving the airy, unconstrained feeling of the historic volume. As a result, the design of the floor not only was a central element in setting the aesthetic tone of the place, but also as a device to create “blocks” defined by the grid of a hierarchy of “streets” and “alleys” (existing concrete, polished and color-stained) which in turn created the boundaries of public use areas, departments with workstations (carpet), conference blocks (concrete with inset carpet) and the executives’ section (bamboo).

Conference Area of Office

Conference Area of Office

Design Team Credits

ROLE

CONTACT

TITLE

FIRM/COMPANY

ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS

Marcy Wong

Donn Logan

Cari Rosner Jelen

Partner

Partner

Project Manager

Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

RENDERINGS AND MODEL CONSTRUCTION

Justin Tang

Designer

Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

CLIENT

Tom Dinwoodie

CEO

SunPower

DEVELOPER

Eddie Orton

Chairman

Orton Development Inc.

LANDSCAPE

Bill Callaway

Principal

SWA Group

STRUCTURAL

Ravi Kanitkar

Principal

The Crosby Group

STRUCTURAL ( SunPower )

Greg Luth

Principal

Gregory P. Luth & Associates

MECHANICAL

Dorel Anghel

Principal

Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.

CUSTOM TABLES

Ross Craig

Principal

Ross Craig Workshop

PLUMBING

Dorel Anghel

Principal

Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.

LIGHTING

Darrell Hawthorne

Principal

Architecture + Light

ACOUSTICS

David Schwind

Principal

Charles M. Salter Associates

PHOTOGRAPHY

Billy Hustace

Photographer

Billy Hustace Photography

PRESERVATION ARCHITECT

Mark Hulbert

Principal

Preservation Architecture

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Bruce Hammond

CEO

Dalzell Corporation

PROJECT/CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Sloan Wood

Project Manager

Cressa Partners

 

Village Offices from Admin  Level

Village Offices from Admin Level

Materials & Products:

MATERIAL / PRODUCT

TYPE / BRAND

Structural

Frame

Steel Frame

Floor system

Concrete Slab on Steel

Roof system

Steel Trusses

Interior Partitioning

Exterior

Siding

Existing Brick Cladding

Roofing

SunPower pv panels on roof

Doors

Existing, refurbished, and replaced with like – Steel

Windows

Existing, refurbished, and replaced with like – Steel

Skylights

Existing, refurbished, and replaced with like – Steel

Landscape

Interior

Finishes [Paints/stains]

Benjamin Moore; Chalk paint on elevator;

Walls

paint; porcelain tile in bathrooms – Graniti Fiandre Tinte Unite; Sonex acoustical panels; PPG Starphire glass at stair

Insulation

Sonex acoustic insulation material

Ceilings

Paint

Floors

Retroplate polished concrete; Plyboo bamboo; Bentley Carpet – Urban Village

Countertop

Vetrazzo recycled glass

Millwork

Plyboo bamboo

Finishes

Lutron Window shades by Burris Windows

Equipment / Fixtures

HVAC

Cooktop / Oven

Refrigerator

Dishwasher

Garbage Disposal

Kitchen Fixtures

Kitchen Hardware

Bathroom Fixtures

Custom Trough Sinks

Bathroom Hardware

General Hardware

Lighting Fixtures

Peerless Lighting; Poulsen Lighting; Solavanti Lighting

Sustainable Products

Plyboo bamboo; Retroplate concrete floor finish; SunPower pv panels; recycled concrete reception counter; recycled wood benches

Furnishings

Chairs

Custom Chairs by SWERVE

Desks

Knoll workstations

Tables

Custom Tables by SWERVE

Executive Offices

Executive Offices

 

Sunpower Office

SunPower Office

 

 

Wall of Gratitude

Wall of Gratitude

 

 

Bamboo Conference

Bamboo Conference

 

 

Conference Hut

Conference Hut

 

 

Small Conference Room

Small Conference Room

 

 

Cafeteria of Office

Cafeteria of Office

 

 

Solar PV

Solar PV

 

 

South End of Office

South End of Office

 

 

Admin and Private Offices

Admin and Private Offices

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