BNIM has won ENR California’s 2016 Best Project Award in the Office/Retail/Mixed Use Category for Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego, CA. View more.
Read The Many Faces of Innovation in U.S. Cities in the New York Times | Westport Commons will be the largest co-working space in the world. It is a leading example of urban acupuncture, an intervention in the form of a community asset that sparks the remaking of the community that surrounds it. By using an existing building, a vacant former middle school, the shared idea of a community icon is still in tact, drawing new attention for the potential of this space to restructure the area economically and culturally to support over 150 entrepreneurs that will be drawn to the co-working space.
BNIM led the initial Campus Master Plan and Conceptual Design process, which was completed in April 2012, for the Pacific Center Campus Development. In August of that year, BNIM was again selected to lead the design of a two-building campus expansion. The two buildings add 410,000 square feet of office, dry laboratory, catering/café, health center, fitness center, lecture hall, multi-purpose learning and conference space to the campus. Both buildings have received LEED gold certification. The new buildings are integrated into an overall campus environment that is organized around properly scaled public spaces, public amenities, and clear circulation systems. The campus experience will provide a dynamic social environment for employees, fostering a spirit of community on the new Pacific Center Campus Development.
The following editorial is the first in a series of writings that explore BNIM’s Human-purposed approach to design grounded in a project called designing practice, the subsequent posts delve into BNIM’s process and culture through individual reflections.
What makes us human? Though a