Bay Meadows and Open Text Are Design Winners

Kudos to our partners at HOK Network’s San Francisco studio for picking up 3 AIASMC design awards for OpenText San Mateo (interiors), BioMed Life Science Campus and Bay Meadows. The San Francisco studio of HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm and also the winner of the 2019 AIA California Firm Award. Wilson Meany and HOK worked together to develop a plan for the Bay Meadows site’s adaptive reuse, which is a model for sustainable growth in the Bay Area. Beginning with the concept of creating a transit-oriented development that reduces automobile dependency, the master plan creates a flexible framework of streets, public spaces and passages. The plan focuses each parcel on its connection to the nearby Hillsdale Caltrain station platform.

Bay Meadows and OpenText win design honors from the 2020 AIA San Mateo Awards!

Bay Meadows and OpenText were both honored with Design Awards from the San Mateo chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). They’re amongst the highest acknowledgements within the profession for design excellence, and these awards were two of only five total given out by the chapter. We’re so glad to celebrate this accomplishment together with HOK.

“Projects don’t exist without clients and builders, important design doesn’t happen unless there’s a client vision, and success doesn’t happen without an extraordinary collaboration amongst all involved”, said Paul Woolford, Design Principal HOK.

image: Bruce Damonte

Bay Meadows Urban Village
Bay Meadows is designed, not an island, but as a welcoming extension scaled to feel harmonious with the San Mateo of today. The evolution of the design of Bay Meadows is discussed with a focus on what Paul Woolford, AIA, Design Principal of HOK called “coopetition”, the collaboration amongst the many different design professionals and firms involved from the beginning of the design process.  This synergy results in a community where “the sum is far greater than the number of parts involved”.

“The project responds to its community and context by not seeing itself as an island, but by seeing itself as an extension of the beautiful village character and scale,” says Woolford.  Watch the video here.

image: Bruce Damonte

OpenText San Mateo
How you play with space and the users daily experiences can change and impact a person’s life quite significantly.  At OpenText, HOK collaborated with the software company’s leaders to incorporate employee input and OpenText’s values of creativity, performance and hospitality into the space. The design promotes employee well-being and facilitates interaction. With the goal of creating a sophisticated technology center, Daniel Herriott, IIDA Director of Design, Interiors, HOK elaborates upon the practice of designing with flexibility. Achieved with such design components as the iconic Social Epicenter, the central gathering space offers a variety of uses, which focus on the users’ well-being while also providing an inviting setting for their families, guests and clients.

image: Emily Hagopian

“The ambition for the project was to create a sophisticated technology center. It needed to be focused on their users’ well-being and be inviting for families,” said Daniel Herriott, director of interiors for HOK in San Francisco. Watch the video here. 

image: Tom Arban

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Businesses expanding or relocating within Silicon Valley, San Francisco or the greater Bay Area need look no further. Bay Meadows has 5 new office buildings conveniently located adjacent to the Hillsdale Caltrain stop. SurveyMonkey, Zuora, Ten-X, OpenText and Guidewire occupy Stations 4, 3 and 2, respectively. Stations 1 and 5 are now leasing. These state-of-the-art buildings feature floor to ceiling glass, bike storage, expansive floorplates and locker room facilities. All Bay Meadows Station buildings will have access to 18 acres of open space, our social street featuring coffee shops, restaurants, bocce court, ping-pong garden, public art and plenty of outdoor gathering spaces. It’s just 10 minutes to Palo Alto and SFO and 25 minutes to San Francisco.