Located on San Francisco’s historical landmark, Pier 9, this renovation project transformed 27,000 sq. ft. of space into half office and half workshop to house the company's consumer products division.
The new office/workshop includes a metal shop, wood shop, mold labs, 3D print shop, CNC shop, and a project room with sewing machines. To handle the increased weight of the massive amount of machinery, the project required special attention to structural pier upgrades, as well as MEP systems. Other requirements for the workshop areas included special dust collection and seismic work for machines and a life science experiment kitchen and test kitchen.
The second floor of the workshop areas is connected by a metal pedestrian bridge spanning the entire CNC shop, which allows a view of the machines through the metal grate floor. The pedestrian bridge was assembled on site and weaves through the existing structural trusses of the pier structure.
DPR managed demolition of tenant spaces. With the new space adding a second floor plus the weight of the machinery to be installed in the building, DPR had to strengthen the existing substructure of the pier. Forming for the new sub structure concrete beams was done on barges, and the install schedule was affected by the tides of the San Francisco Bay. DPR self-performed concrete and doors for the project.
This office area features a number of unique finishes. For example, one conference room has a swinging desk which the architect built and installed and DPR provided the added structure to support. Other custom features include custom-built wood and fabric-paneled ceilings, touch-screen monitors, and full height exterior glazing systems looking onto the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. One large conference room has an automatic dividing partition with electronic sound bumpers at the top and bottom to allow the user to change from one to two conference rooms at will.
Another project highlight is the custom lounge with a 360-degree wood slat system with integral wood slat seats. The architect designed many seating iterations to make sure the comfort level was perfect for long-term seating.
The “Hub Kitchen” has a beautiful live edge kitchen counter top keeping an industrial/rustic modern feel to the entire space.
The project has been submitted for LEED Platinum Certification, sustainable elements include FSC certified wood floors and exterior awnings. The entire space is bright from skylights and exterior windows facing the bay. Other sustainable features include solar panels on the roof, operable windows, NSF rated carpet, low-emitting paints, sealants, and furniture, bike racks, showers and an electrical vehicle charging station.