Quantum Corporation, a world leader in manufacturing computer components, retained OZ Architecture and Nakai & Associates to master plan and design this facility to accommodate their disk drive assembly needs as well as to provide additional R&D space, offices and warehousing facilities. Design of the campus required consideration of an exit strategy for Quantum; therefore the buildings were designed for a second life as a multi-tenant office complex.
All the buildings are connected by pedestrian and materials transport links, designed to blend in with the architecture while the facility is occupied by Quantum. However, the links can be demolished with minimal renovation to the main structures, permitting future users to gain a sense of separation from other parts of the campus should the need for connection between the buildings become obsolete.
The initial project was built in two phases, with Phase I comprised of 255,000 square feet in two buildings. Phase II is an additional 129,000 square feet in one building. Built in a fast track sequence, Phase I required only 14 months from the start of programming to certificate of occupation. To achieve this schedule, the OZ design team worked closely with the owner, contractor and other team members to assure information was transferred quickly and accurately without compromising the quality of design or construction.
Working closely with Quantum Corporate Design & Construction representatives, OZ was also responsible for developing the interior design concepts and translating those into the built environment. Defining zones for public and private areas, as well as primary and secondary circulation, provided guidelines for the space planning effort and gave direction for the interior design solutions.
Quantum Corporation, a world leader in high-capacity disk drive information, retained OZ Architecture to master plan and design their 27-acre manufacturing/research facility in Centennial Valley Business Park.
Phase I architecture consisted of approximately 60,000 square feet of office and support space and 98,000 square feet of high bay research and utility support areas. Built in a fast track sequence, Phase II combined an additional 64,000 square-foot research facility, as well as another 20,000 square feet of office space.
Special features include isolated floors for high-powered microscopes, unique safety measures for chemical containment and disposal, 9,000 square feet of raised access computer flooring, and Class 10, 1,000 and 10,000 cleanrooms, with ADP from Tucson supplying the Class 10 cleanroom facility design.
OZ also provided interior design, programming and space planning services for all of the office space and related areas. This included the tele-conferencing areas, AV room, break-out spaces, open plan offices as well as individual offices, a cafeteria with indoor/outdoor dining and extensive use of computer resources.
Gambro (formerly COBE) manufactures medical instruments and machinery requiring Federally mandated sterilization. This ethylene oxide sterilization facility, which is part of the extensive Gambro Corporate Campus, holds eight sterilization units, a research laboratory, high bay warehousing and office support areas.
The structure has highly-specialized needs, including design for explosion forces and extreme heat levels. Two explosion-proof rooms were incorporated into the design as well as spaces for robot-operated procedures. Phase II of the project includes the addition of a radiation sterilization unit. The combination of these elements make this facility one of the most significant buildings of its kind in the world.
Located in the CU Research Park in Boulder, this custom building is Phase I of a 200,000 sf two-phase master plan. The facility includes 100,000 SF of office space for administration, sales, marketing, R & D and technical support. Due to its location, the project required City of Boulder and University of Colorado design approvals and needed to reflect architectural aspects of the University's Northern Italian Tuscan style, yet act as a bridge between the campus and the City. In addition, containing costs and meeting the functional needs of the corporation was an essential design requirement. The design provides optimal interior flexibility while meeting aesthetic requirements. Pre-cast walls are sandstone-shaded brick set in the concrete to mimic the University's more expensive Colorado sandstone. A concrete tile roof, punched windows and third floor balconies tie the design to the University without bowing completely to Tuscan design features.
Located on 17 acres North of Boulder, this facility originally consisted of three buildings connected by enclosed glass bridges. The expansion goal was to add space while maintaining a similar architectural vocabulary between distinct buildings. This emphasized distinguishing the buildings stylistically and aesthetically to maintain an exit strategy which allows the buildings to be sold separately should downsizing or relocation ever occur. The three-story office/administration building addition features a main entry with an atrium providing exceptional views of the mountains. Sunscreens add texture to the building facade and provide a tie to the existing buildings, while the 207-car parking structure acts as a base for the office building. The new warehouse and sterilizer facility is centrally located to facilitate efficient distribution to the other campus buildings. Loading docks are located on the Southeast side of the site for wind and snow drift protection while also easing truck circulation and reducing truck/pedestrian conflicts.