Novell Corporate Campus
This is a well-known company with Utah roots that develops advanced software tools for computer networks. For increased efficiency, Novell decided it was beneficial for them to combine their two Utah County Corporate Campuses into a single central location and construct several new buildings to support their business activities, one which would be a new Corporate Headquarters Building. At our initial meeting with Novell CEO Eric Schmidt, he articulated that his personal desire was to achieve an iconic architectural design that expressed a solid and permanent presence and a design which was to be so positive to the human experience, that when his employees awoke in the morning, they could not wait to get to their place of employment.
Because the building is in essence a continuous computer network lab, the final design had to include individual computer network access via a well-developed cabling system, the magnitude which had no parallel in the region at this time. Because of its critical mission and necessity to function reliability under any localized environmental difficulties, the building is backed with 2 large emergency generators which are able to maintain 100% of the building’s electrical and mechanical needs for many days duration. The building also receives power from two separate and independent primary substations with an automated switching system.
The concentrated use of thousands of individual computers required a mechanical system that was not of ordinary design. This building’s mechanical system utilizes a direct/indirect cooling system that, through the judicious use of an evaporative component pioneered by the Mechanical Engineer, requires chiller start-up on only the very hottest days of the year, resulting in enormous utility savings.
The ultimate result is the delivery of a building that continues its original mission without hesitation and one that projects the image of a very successful company which continues to develop and deliver the latest advancements in networking systems.
- 2000, AIA Utah "Merit Award"
- 2000, Intermountain Contractor, Best of 2000 "Best Architecture"