The iconic skyline of San Francisco has a new defining feature with the recent opening of the 61-story Salesforce Tower. As the tallest office building in the U.S. west of Chicago, it serves as the new headquarters for one of
the world’s fastest growing software companies. It also acts as the
centerpiece of Salesforce’s urban headquarters campus in the city
while raising the bar for sustainability standards.
Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli as the winning entry in an international architectural competition in 2007, the building is on track
to be the highest-rated LEED v4 Platinum (Commercial Interiors)
Project in the U.S., surpassing energy performance guidelines
of San Francisco’s green building code by 21 percent and LEED
requirements by 61 percent, according to Salesforce. The Tower
also features the largest on-site water recycling system in a commercial high-rise building in the country.
The office space design creates clear sight lines and open flow on
each floor to allow employees access to the best sunlight and views,
inspiration from nature and sustainable materials. Among the design
strategies chosen to help realize these benefits and features was the
decision to install raised access floors throughout Salesforce Tower.
interiors+sources recently spoke with Mark Johnson, national
sales director for Tate Access Floors, about the role raised flooring
played in the design and operations of this innovative, sustainable
interiors+sources: How did Tate Access Floors get involved in
the Salesforce Tower project?
MARK JOHNSON: That building initially was a competition between
a few design-build teams. One of the teams included Hines as the
developer and their architect was Pelli Clark Pelli – and they won
that competition. Hines, in its design as part of the base building,
had raised floor designed into it so tenants could benefit from
underfloor air distribution, number one. And then the flexibility of
being able to run power, data, plumbing and everything else under
the raised floor was another reason we were chosen. Then, as they
leased out space, we were basically fitting out floor-by-floor working
closely with the different tenants because we offer a variety of
raised floor panels with different finishes on them. So, we would
wait until a tenant was signed up, we would meet with their interior
architect and finalize what exactly was going in that building in
terms of the raised floor.
i+s: So it wasn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to the flooring
throughout the building?
MJ: The base design of the building features our ConCor 1500
welded steel cement-filled panel, and then that can change
depending on the tenant’s needs. Our typical ConCor panel has
traditionally been covered up with carpet tile, so people can lift
up the carpet tile, get into the raised floor and make their changes
or moves. Well, there’s definitely a trend going on where people
are starting to use more hard finishes and that led to investing
in and developing raised floor options with various hard finishes.
Today, we have exposed concrete, porcelain, terrazzo and wood.
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