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  Infonet Corporate Headquarters, Page 68Infonet Corporate Headquarters
Architect 
Nadel Architects, Inc. 
1990 South Bundy Drive, Fourth Floor, Los Angeles, CA 
900025
www.nadelarc.com


Location: 
El Segundo, California
Total Square Feet: 156,000
Construction Period: Dec 1998 to Nov 1999

Construction Team
Interior Architect: Shlemmer + Kramus + Algaze - 1875 Centry Park East, Watt Plaza, #1130, Los Angeles, CA 90067
General Contractor: Snyder Langston - 17962 Cowan, Irvine, CA 92614
Civil Engineer: Psomas - 11444 West Olympic Blvd., #750, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Structural Engineer: SKT Structural Engineering - 15375 Barranca Pkwy., #A-201, Irvine, CA 92618
Electrical/Plumbing/ Mechanical Engineer: Flack + Kurtz, Inc. - 343 Sansome St., #450, San Francisco, CA 94101
Landscape Architect: Calvin R. Abe Associates, Inc. - 3221 Hutchinson Ave., #G, Los Angeles, CA 90034


Infonet is a worldwide voice and data networking services company based in El Segundo, California. Their new corporate headquarters was important enough in the scope of the company's development that it became an integral part of the road show to gain support before Infonet went public. Nadel Architects' design of the T-shaped, exposed steel frame building reinforces Infonet's image as a progressive, technology-driven company. The intersection and thrust of sleek glass and aluminum curtainwall elements, particularly the "prow" extending from the building's entrance, gives it a futuristic look compared with its more boxy neighbors. A large percentage of the building's exterior is ribbon window with EFS (Flexirods) smooth spandrel bands. This cost-effective system helped defray the cost of the curtainwall at the corners and entrance. The building has redundant back-up systems, such as dual power and telephone feeds.

Rather than installing a logjam of wires in the walls like most office buildings, Nadel and the client decided to run everything below the floors to connect the 500 workstations. Each of the three stories has an 18-inch base to contain electrical wires, communications cables and the air distribution system. Raised access flooring along with "plug and play" modular power and telephone systems, gives the building the flexibility to adapt to changes in technology and in the client's organization. The underfloor HVAC system creates a more comfortable "climate" for employees and reduces energy costs because less energy is used compared to conventional overhead air distribution systems. Without overhead air ducts or drop ceilings, all that#s seen on the underside of the floors is exposed steel decking painted white.

The interiors use an open-space concept. Unique group work areas enable people to work in a communal manner as opposed to separately in traditional enclosed offices. Some 105 mini-antennas are set up throughout the building to accommodate over 500 cell phones used by employees. Double-sided walls inside the building are demountable partitions. Unlike drywall, the five-foot metal-framed panels are covered in fabric and can be removed and relocated. Drop ceilings were eliminated in favor of pendant-mounted, indirect lighting and fabric-covered beams. This creates a sense of spaciousness and light conducive to the workplace. Among employee amenities are a cafeteria with a dining room and shaded dining terrace, showers and lockers for people who bike or walk to work, and outside stations to charge electric vehicles. The landscape plan creates outdoor "rooms" in front and in back of the building for corporate gatherings.

The project was initiated as a build-to-suit with Nadel Architects working for developer, Kearney Real Estate Co. (an affiliate of Morgan Stanley). As a result of weekly design work sessions and rigorous cost and schedule controls, the project team completed the building in only ten months and core shell building costs were comparable to a speculative office building without many of the special features. 

Manufacturers/Suppliers
Exterior Walls - Ribbon Wall: Viracon; Smooth Exterior Plaster: Flexi-Rock, Inc.; GFRC Column Covers: Moonlight Molds; Exterior, Interior Studs, Lathing: CEMCO; Sheathing: United States Gypsum; Specialized Aluminum Trim: Flannery, Inc.
Roof - Sarnafil.
Interior Walls - Specialty Trim: Flannery, Inc.; Metal Doors & Frames: Door Components; Wood Doors: Eggers; Hardware: Schlage.
Elevators - Mitsubishi Electronics America, Inc.


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