Thursday, April 25, 2013

Silicon Valley Tech Giants Super Green Campus Plan

In spite of all the creativity that flows from Silicon Valley, the technology capital of America is not known for its iconic architecture. Startup is not yet sure of their future less than the millions in a structure that can outlast the company. Enterprises born in a dorm room or garage to rent office postgraduate generally observable in San Francisco or Palo Alto or take up residence in the cookie-cutter, one-or two-storey building industrial area around San Joseph. As Steve Jobs said the end of 2011, "The building in the office park can get boring very quickly." It seems that Apple (AAPL) design-obsessed co-founder of the others may have a lasting legacy in addition to gadgets his company produces trend. Because of the work presented plans for a new headquarters shaped like a giant spaceship to Cupertino City Council two years ago, some cash-flush technology companies, including Facebook (FB) , Google (GOOG), Samsung Electronics, and NVIDIA (NVDA), released a plan for a new campus monumental. Although each seems surprised himself, not surprising given the unique architecture of high-wattage talent used for projects that they all share the eco-consciousness is the most distinctive feature of the new Aesthetic of West Coast. "In the past, it was relatively easy for companies to throw some solar panels on the roof," says Doug Woods, co-founder of DPR Construction, a company that works on projects Apple and Google. He did not disclose the details of the plan clients' but said "some companies around here looking for a dark green." While no single project has broken ground, green is clear help from city government file documents and interviews with people people familiar with the plans. Apple wants to install enough solar panels and fuel cells to create new Norman Foster-designed headquarters in Cupertino fully energy-independent. On Facebook, commissioned Frank Gehry to create an extension to the existing West Menlo Park campus, the employee to escape the parklike roof complete with mature oak trees. Google, which is working with architect NBBJ, will restore eight acres of wetlands on the 42-acre property in Mountain View and is considering installing expensive systems to Recycle its own waste, according to four people familiar have a plan that does not want to be identified because the private plans. The company called Bloomberg Businessweek for public documents. Illustrated by NBBJ headquarters ArchitectsGoogle new this: wetlandsOutdoor recovery company acre park, which derided as the "heat island," was removed from all three campuses. In the new Apple headquarters, to rise to the site previously stored (HPQ) Hewlett-Packard computer division, the early bird to grab one of the 2300 places under construction 2.8 million square . Is an additional 5,800 parking spaces in the structure at the southern end of the property, about a quarter mile away (no word yet on whether shuttle service offered). In the new West Campus of Facebook, previously occupied by Tyco Electronics (TEL), the driver will stow their cars in the ground floor of the building of 425,000 square meters. The company's plan to build a tunnel under the Bayfront Expressway transferring employees from one wing to another, according to documents filed with the planning commission. Most of the existing asphalt will be replaced with green plants, with emphasis on drought-resistant native species. Five of the nine buildings in the Google campus in San Francisco Bay along the coast will have a green roof garden, which reduces both heating and cooling costs. Facebook is to avoid the traditional mix of grasses and small shrubs to support a full grown tree, which will require as much as four feet of soil laying on top of building a quarter mile. A canal park will keep warehouse-style structure display. "From not so far, it would appear like the wooded hills instead of building," said Katie Ferrick, head of Menlo Park Planning Commission.Illustration Gehry Partners LLPFacebook this extension: The roof has a hiking trailsApple Plan to Plant 6000 Trees 176-acre property, from traditional oak and eucalyptus for apricots, pears, and of course, apples. The piece de resistance is green wooded grounds (bloggers speculated that the space is large enough to accommodate three football fields end-to-end). Instead of just relying on thin, nursery-bred specimens, the company said it also will plant 108 trees to stand for, their age size, or unique. Finding mature specimens requires several detection of presence, office parks, and other local, said Peter Sortwell, CEO Hayward (California) based Arborwell. Cost of planting a tree full of single adults can run from $ 50,000 to $ 100,000, said Sortwell, which counts Apple as a client but did not disclose whether the company was tapped to work on the project. Google, which plans reviewed by the city of Mountain View, is considering installing so-called blackwater recycling system that will run all the water, including waste, through a series of tank treatment so it is clean enough to be sprinkled on the lawn or pipe into the San Francisco Bay. The Blackwater recycling is too expensive now makes economic sense, said Ian MacClaren, director of business development at Southland Industries, mechanical engineering company in Union City, Calif. "story is good citizenship, more than anything," he said. The three projects will use some prefabricated construction, with parts of the building, perhaps the whole bathroom fully furnished office or bank complete with carpet and curtains, built in the factory and delivered to the site, said sources familiar with plans of the company. "This approach, which only came into use in the U.S.," could shave 20 percent of the construction schedule, and time means money, "said Bill Fleming, president of Skanska USA Building, a subsidiary of Swedish construction giant is one of two general contractors on Apple headquarters.Of course, all this is just a plan to plan. Many clients start with an ambitious goal, but to measure again the costs become apparent. "You have to be careful about distinguishing between aspects of public relations and the real economy," said Flemming. He noted that none of the companies committed to make substantial investments required to achieve LEED platinum certification, the highest level, which is widely accepted code set by the Green Building Council. In a proposal to the Cupertino City Council Apple, the company said it is aiming for gold certification level and the project was little doubt exceed all state and local efficiency requirements.There of the green building industry will have hands full with projects generated. Google and Facebook we want to finish work on their new facility in 2015, while Apple CEO Tim Cook repeal move-in for 2016. "Finding the workforce has become a major issue," said MacClaren Southland, noting that contractor in the area was busy with several large commercial projects, including a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers and the 1.1 million-square-foot Samsung research center. "Boom going on around here every four or five years, and it feels like the biggest since 2000 and is the largest ever." Bottom line: In the capital of American technology, grotesque office park gives way to typical and green-company headquarters.

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