Projects

Buildings and Campuses

As Gensler's Northwest Region Specification Leader, Vivian Volz prepared project specifications for the Gensler projects below. All other projects are VVAS' clients' projects.

Mineta San Jose International Airport, Concourse SkylightMineta San Jose International Airport, Terminal B and Concourse

Architect: Gensler.
San Jose, California.
LEED-NC 2.2 Silver.

This exciting, fast-track project featured steel structure that continued through the skin. We used a specification and schedule for structural steel coatings to manage coatings on the interior and exterior portions of the beams.


County Data Center

County Data Center

Design Architect: Gensler
LEED-NC 2.2 Registered

Gensler prepared bridging documents for this Tier III data center, hidden from view by earthen berms and a landscaped roof. Only the entry lobby and a small office space emerge from the earth, framed by angular architectural concrete walls and metal panels.


Natural Ventilation at SLAC SUSB

SLAC Science and Users Support Building

Design Architect: STUDIOS architecture
Palo Alto, California
Designed for LEED NC 2.2 Platinum

VVAS prepared and coordinated design-build performance specifications for this signature building for the Department of Energy on Stanford University's campus. The project features motorized operable windows, landscaped roof plazas, a below-grade auditorium, and radiant-cooling, polished concrete floors.


Project Frog - Impact Platform Specs

Architect & Fabricator: Project Frog
Multiple Locations in Northern California

VVAS helped Project Frog update and coordinate their master specifications for their K-12 Frog Kit prefabricated components and for the site-built components that complete each project.


Pacific Corporate Towers

Architect: STUDIOS architecture
El Segundo, California

An extensive refresh of the property's lobbies, amenities spaces, and entry sequences.


1701 Page Mill Road

Architect: STUDIOS architecture
Palo Alto, California
LEED-NC 2009 Registered

This warm-shell building features multi-textured facades and occupied roof decks.


Samsung Research Center

Architect: STUDIOS architecture
Mountain View, California

This warm-shell building made extensive use of the design-assist delivery method for its envelope.


 Workplace

Nixon Peabody Reception

Nixon Peabody LLP

Architect: Gensler
San Francisco, California
LEED-CI 2.0 Certified
As an environmental law practice and the first US law firm to obtain LEED certification, Nixon Peabody challenged the team to provide high-end interior design sustainably.



Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios

Architect: Gensler
Emeryville, California
Interior Design Best of 2008, Budget Office
Pixar added crisp, creative office space to a gritty warehouse. Specification challenges included freestanding conference rooms and cleaning and sealing the existing steel in place.



 
HNI Gunlocke Corporate HQ

HNI Gunlocke Corporate HQ

Architect: Gensler and OPN Architects
Muscatine, Iowa
Interior Design Best of 2007, Eco Office
LEED-NC 2.1 Silver
HNI rehabilitated one of its aging buildings in Muscatine by creating a modern headquarters for all its brands inside and rejuvenating its windows, skin, and entrances.



Perkins Coie Palo Alto

Perkins Coie, LLP, Palo Alto

Architect: STUDIOS architecture
Palo Alto, California

The glowing glass wall in reception is echoed in the same plane on the second floor lounge. Other features include wood ceiling panels, cork flooring, and decorative steel railings.





Perkins Coie Seattle

Perkins Coie, LLP, Seattle

Architect: STUDIOS architecture
Seattle, Washington
LEED-CI 2009 Registered

This extensive, phased office remodel includes executive and conferencing floors, law offices, and corporate services floors, each with its own set of finishes. Among its luxurious features are the backlit onyx reception desk and walnut vitrines for displaying art objects.



Kirkland & Ellis

Architect: STUDIOS architecture
Palo Alto, California
This space was designed with a double-height reception area,
separated by sliding panels from the multi-purpose room and conference center. The open spaces befit the high-end Silicon Valley law firm, mostly staffed by people under 40.



Macy's.com 680 Folsom

Architect: MSA planning + design
San Francisco, CA


  


 

Retail

REI Boulder 

Architect: Gensler
Boulder, Colorado






Allsteel/Gunlocke Showroom

Allsteel/Gunlocke Showroom

Architect: Gensler
San Francisco, California
LEED-CI 2.0 Silver
Interior Design Best of Year, Award of Merit 2006, Showroom

Echoing its parent company's headquarters, this showroom exposes its structure and soaks in daylight.

Forever 21 Union Square1 Powell and Forever 21

Architect: Gensler
San Francisco, California

Gensler first renovated 1 Powell, the historic Bank of Italy headquarters, opening the banking hall as retail space. Then, tenant Forever 21's minimalist retail construction was added, contrasting with the rich detail of the space and showcasing the ever-changing merchandise.




Westfield Shopping Center

Westfield Shopping Center

Architect: Gensler
Roseville, California

The extensive renovation of the Roseville shopping center was owner-constructed. Specification challenges included skylights that continue beyond the facade as a glass canopy and use of wood and stone in high-occupancy spaces.

 

Hospitality and Dining

Fairmont, PNC Plaza

Fairmont, 3 PNC Plaza

Architect: Gensler
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
LEED-CI 2.0 Gold

The public spaces in the Fairmont Hotel are filled with luxurious and striking finishes in both modern and traditional styles. Features include decorative metal rails and benches and extensive woodwork and stone.




Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Architect: Gensler
San Francisco, California




Urban Tavern RestaurantUrban Tavern Restaurant

Architect: Gensler
San Francisco, California
A.R.E. Design Awards, 2009 Outstanding Merit, Restaurant/Fine Dining

This stylish restaurant juxtaposes raw finishes like reclaimed wood and stained, polished concrete with smooth marble and glass.

Qantas oneworld Lounge, LAXQantas oneworld® Lounge, LAX

Architect: Gensler
Los Angeles International Airport
Pro AV Spotlight 2008

A luxurious retreat within the bustling airport, this travel lounge features dining and bar spaces, casual office space, showers, and spaces for private gatherings.


 

Paséa Hotel and Spa

Architect: Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill
Huntington Beach, California 
LEED-NC 2009 Registered

This hotel is right across the highway from the Pacific Ocean. Beneath its luxurious appointments are serious requirements for corrosion resistance and moisture and methane management. Indoor-outdoor spaces and specialty restaurant design make this destination hotel stand out.

  

Health Care

VA Mather Behavioral Health Unit 

Architect: eCIFM
Mather, California
LEED-NC 2009 Registered

The Veterans Administration's challenge in this building is to care for veterans with significant mental and behavioral health conditions safely and securely, while avoiding a sense of imprisonment. Every material and accessory is selected primarily in response to this challenge, but also with an eye to the project's LEED target. Sustainable design features include an energy-efficient envelope and low-emitting interior finishes.


Multi-Family Residential

Richardson Hall Low-Income Senior Housing

Architect: Van Meter Williams Pollack
San Francisco, California


This project converts an existing stucco building with clay tile roof and historic elements, formerly classrooms for UC Berkeley Extension, into housing for low-income LGBT seniors. Meeting sustainable and housing-quality goals within a tight budget and the existing envelope has been an exciting challenge.

 

Prometheus Real Estate Luxury Apartments

Architect: Studio T-SQ, Inc.
Mountain View, California
LEED-NC 2009 Registered