DeAnza3 Gensler & Associates Architects redesigns the Networking & Communications Group's building for Apple Computer, Inc.


Three-level elevation,
seen from courtyard.
Although plans for renovation of DeAnza 3 (denoting street name and number) at Apple Computer's triple-unit property in Cupertino, CA, already were under way, it took the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake to reinforce, so to speak, the need for extensive make-over. Not that the storm wrought total wreckage. But it shook up the building, and generally messed up the spaces occupied by the roughly-600-strong Networking & Communications Group.

Thus Gensler & Associates Architects, as part of a fourth-time assignment for same client, went ahead with remodeling of the ground floor containing two lobbies, cafeteria, auditorium, conference center and office space; and the three office/laboratory/R&D levels above.

Each of the upper floors covers 53,000 sqft.; collectively, 213,000 sqft. were involved. Structural strengthening became a non-preprogrammed by-product of the rehab scheme.

Gensler team credits extend to design director Christine Banks, project director Carol Disrud,
project architect William Larsen, project interior designer Terry Walker,
draftsmen Robert Robbins and Laura Inscher and secretary Marlene Garitano.

Full and detail views of reception area, introducing variations on the light-wave theme as seen
in machine-swirled stainless steel desk front, shaped carpeting and overhead fiber optics.
Simulating custom wall panels is gypsum board defined with reveals.

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