New Corporate Office Building

The project: The hexagon-shaped Voyager Building is phase II of the headquarters for the full-stack computing infrastructure company, NVIDIA. The building has a footprint of 750,000 square feet with working space of 525,000 square feet to accommodate more than 2,200 employees. The building is laid out utilizing a 70-foot triangular grid system adding a signature look and design to every element.

The goal: Create a corporate headquarters that matches NVIDIA’s core beliefs and allows their employees to thrive and create in a high-tech environment.

The approach: IMEG collaborated closely with the architect, contractor, and steel fabricator to design the unique campus, which consists of a two-level, below-grade garage podium under a large exterior shell that encloses multiple seismically separated interior office building structures.

Challenge: Voyager’s parking garage is designed on a 62-foot rectangular grid with the building above built on a 70-foot triangular grid. Solution: Significant coordination effort among all design team members was required to match framing and translate it to the parking garage.

Challenge: The long-span post tension structure of the level one assembly space needed to provide a solid structure rather than a “bouncy” structure, which is typical with long-span design. Solution: Structural engineers had to be mindful of the design loads and structural elements to avoid this and allow for large assemblies in the spaces above.

Outcome: The unique design highlights the owner’s desire for meaningful, collaborative spaces at the center of the building, where a staircase leads to mezzanine levels. The reception area is situated on one side of the staircase, with more conventional offices, dining area, and meeting spaces on the other. The 40-foot ceiling features numerous triangular skylights, and the undulating roof structure lets in enough natural light to the center atrium to give employees a feeling of being outdoors.

The project won an American Institute of Steel Construction 2024 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) Award for Excellence in Architecture. The IDEAS² awards, the structural steel industry’s highest design honor, recognize projects that highlight the benefits of using structural steel for its sustainability, cost, speed, reliability, and resilience.

Watch a Wall Street Journal video about NVIDIA Voyager.

Nvidia Voyager
Santa Clara, CA
750,000-sf New
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