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Swinerton Delivers Third Project for SolidFire

By Sara Hall

Swinerton has served the Colorado office of SolidFire from its days as a start-up operation through its recent merger with NetApp. Swinerton’s third and most recent project with SolidFire, a new office in Boulder which completed at the end of 2016, demonstrates how design and construction help bridge the culture of two companies.

The total space consists of approximately 70,000 square feet in two buildings, which are connected by a covered walkway. An interconnecting staircase, created by architectural partner Elsy Studios, is located between floors two and three of one building and encourages flow between the floors in each building.

The new workspace features an open floor plan with no private offices. Conferencing is found throughout the space, from single-person phone booths to a 65-person bleacher seating area for larger meetings. The breakroom includes soda refrigerators, healthy snacks, two kegs, and views of the Flatiron mountains from its patio. Additional finishes in the first-generation space include open ceilings, exposed ductwork, polished concrete floors, wall coverings, and wood ceiling elements.

Even though this assignment was a first-generation build-out, an office tenant occupied the floor above, a restaurant occupied the floor below, and the base building contractor continued with core and shell elements concurrent to the construction. Because of this situation, noisy work was done off hours and a temporary generator powered the restaurant’s coolers while Swinerton tied into the main electrical panel. Logistically, materials and workers entered the PearlWest building, located on the ever-popular Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder through an alley. Despite these obstacles, the Colorado team completed the project within its original duration for a satisfied client who has since selected Swinerton for a project in Sunnyvale, California.