Sunnyvale, California | interiors & workplace, technology & corporate

A high-tech firm sees the light with a Net Zero Energy design.

There is a difference between having a big reach and having a big footprint. Shipwire designs software that aligns worldwide shipping logistics, so naturally the company has a far-reaching perspective when it comes to workplace sustainability and flexibility. When they leased the RMW-designed Net Zero Energy-retrofit office building at  435 Indio Way, Sunnyvale, Shipwire signed on for a highly sustainable interior build-out, and RMW delivered. Individual benched workstations are paired with glass-enclosed meeting spaces to keep things light and airy. Shipwire’s employees like to meet spontaneously, a work style that’s supported by lots of whiteboard surfaces and a variety of collaborative spaces. The interior finishes are honest and simple, with touches of color that glow beneath the 43 skylights. The employee break room opens onto a back patio with bocce ball and raised-bed vegetable gardens. For a forward-thinking tech company, this interior build-out is the whole package.

Quick Facts

Since 435 Indio Way produces as much energy as it needs to operate at average loads, Shipwire should never receive an energy bill.

Publication: The project was featured in the September/October 2015 issue of Urban Land magazine, and in the March 2015 issue of Architectural Record.

Award: Shipwire was awarded “Best Sustainable Built Environment” in the 2015 Acterra Business Environmental Awards.