Christopher Jablonski

New HQ digs taking shape at 680 Folsom

If all goes according to plan, next year Riverbed employees based in San Francisco will move to a newly renovated and spacious office building that will look something like this:


Credit: SFGate.com

The 10-year, 168,000 square-foot lease at 680 Folsom Street (across the street from Canton Dim Sum) covers floors two through seven, each with a 15-foot tall slab-to-slab glass curtain wall and a 11-foot drop ceiling. Macys.com will occupy neighboring floors 8-14.

The glass line will start eight inches above each floor, according to Sean Donnelly, director of construction management at TMG Partners, the project developer. The entire wall design is unusual he said, and will create a heightened sense of space.

The structure that once housed SBC Communications will get a new glass skin that will be energy efficient, seismically sound, and capable of absorbing the frequency of traffic noise.

Credit: TMG Partners

The new Riverbed world headquarters will also have a 750 square-foot outdoor deck on the second floor, bicycle lockers, and showers.

The rehabilitated building will have a new public plaza and three retail suites on the ground floor.

Credit: TMG Partners

Award-winning architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) designed the building's revitalization, and is recognized for its work on Bay-Area landmarks such as Bank of America World Headquarters, Oakland Coliseum, and Cathedral Christ the Light.

As one of the best places to work locally and overall (see Glassdoor) Riverbed will continue to be in the right place at the right time.

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