Autodesk decided to continue expanding in San Francisco and make its headquarters at the Market Street location. Although it seems to be a symbolic move, the fact is that these offices have already been the de facto company’s headquarters, with all the top executives working there. The client abandoned its renovated Mission Street office facilities as there was excess space, a common trend among tech companies whose employees now prefer remote work. Thus, Autodesk leased the two floors in the 11-story San Francisco Landmark building. That 80-year-old structure was modernized to an up-to-date class-A office facility, preserving its historic architectural style and maintaining the grand façade. Today, the object has a repaired exterior, upgraded seismic characteristics, and the latest mechanical, electrical, elevator, and telecommunications systems installed. When working on this project, VEC found it challenging to ensure the proper performance of the client’s MEP systems because of building specifics.
VEC’s tech specialists were involved in the Autodesk headquarters project at Market Street in 2019-21. We provided top-notch mechanical and plumbing BIM & VDC services for the 4th floor of the Landmark building. They involved reviewing constructability and optimizing routing, planning prefabrication, creating 3D mech models, coordinating with other trades, and creating shop and installation drawings. Besides, our team helped identify potential on-site issues and suggested effective solutions to implement. Initially, we developed markups, optimized routings, and clarified the overall project design. After that, our prefabrication activities assisted in redefining the project delivery and schedule performance. Regarding 3D mechanical modeling — we first analyzed the contract drawings, determined the installation approach, and selected the necessary materials. That was essential for appropriate modeling and coordination. Lastly, we created precise shop and installation drawings for the field team to utilize on-site.