VMware Corporate Campus Honored by City of Palo Alto for Excellence in Design

William McDonough + Partners is proud to announce that the City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board has recognized the VMware Corporate Campus for exemplary design. The Review Board selected five projects constructed within the past five years; the winners were nominated by members of the Palo Alto community.

The 460,000-square-foot corporate “campus-in-a-forest” is located within the woodland setting of Palo Alto’s prestigious Stanford Research Park. Five two-story buildings are linked by outdoor garden spaces and elevated walkways. The campus includes a fitness center and playing field and diverse outdoor dining and gathering spaces. The VMware workplace was designed to foster the health and well-being of those who work there; the campus is nestled its natural surrounding of mature trees and beautiful vistas. William McDonough + Partners performed the design architect role and worked with Form4 Architects, executive architect, on the project, which was built by DPR Construction.

“We are honored that the VMware design has been recognized by the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board and the community of Palo Alto,” said architect Alastair Reilly, a director with William McDonough + Partners, who attended the awards ceremony in Palo Alto on May 3. David Johnson, an architect who leads William McDonough + Partners’ San Francisco studio, adds that it’s a particular honor to have modest architecture cited for design excellence. “The structures fit so comfortably with the surrounding natural beauty,” he said. ”We are very proud of this project, which embodies the concept of building ‘native to place,’ something our practice sees as central to the Cradle to Cradle thinking that guides our design on every project.”

The team included Hamilton/Kelly, Developer; Form4 Architects, Inc., Executive Architect; DPR Construction, Contractor; Seccombe Design Associates, Interior Design; The Guzzardo Partnership (Phase I), Landscape Architect; and Siteworks, Courtyard Landscape Design.