Joshua Carrell

Joshua Carrell

San Francisco, CA, US

Entry Lobby
Entry Lobby

Brocade Communications Systems Headquarters Campus

RMW provided interior architecture and tenant improvement services for the entire campus. Each 7-story building has a common area on its first floor, including the Bladerunner Café, Café Brocato, an auditorium, an executive briefing center, a fitness center, a game room, and large meeting rooms. The office floors above are designed to be flexible for organizational changes and to maximize natural daylighting and views.

Embodying Brocade’s principles of flexibility, scalability, and energy efficiency, the new campus reflects large-scale, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly design. Workspaces are universal and lean, but numerous interaction spaces are sprinkled throughout. Zoning optimizes daylighting for interaction, and technology applications capture energy savings for data center needs. Innovative technology layouts in the data and solution centers minimized power use. These strategies led to the project’s LEED Gold Commercial Interiors certification.

Brocade’s business is communication, and face-to-face time is key. Now it has the workplace to position its culture of innovation, efficiency, and communication for the next leap forward.

Of the project, Michael Hirahara, Brocade’s VP of Global Real Estate & Facilities, said, “From start to finish, our architecture team was extremely engaged. While working through design charettes their sensitivity to Brocade’s business strategy became intuitive. They weren’t simply designing space for another technology company, they were making subtle design considerations to tighten the alignment of the interior design with our business values.”

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Status: Built
Location: San Jose, CA, US
My Role: Drafting, document coordination