Size: 100,000 SF
Pursuing Certification: LEED Gold and WELL Platinum
In 2018 Laserfiche, the foremost SaaS provider of intelligent content management and business process automation, commissioned Studio One Eleven to reflect the company’s vision of reimagining how technology can transform lives by designing a new state-of-the-art global headquarters. Created during the pandemic, the building not only represents the company’s place as a cornerstone of technology-focused enterprise in Long Beach, but also demonstrates that forward-thinking creative offices are more vibrant than ever: It embodies a future workplace that is more sustainable, flexible and efficient.
The development, located in Long Beach Boulevard’s Bixby Knolls neighborhood sits at the crossroads of creativity and technology. Comprising buildings designed by some of Long Beach’s most iconic architects – Edward Killingsworth and Hugh and Don Gibbs – the boulevard offers a mélange of Mid-Century Modern small and large scaled office buildings amid the residential landscape. Near the 405 freeway and visible to 500,000 daily motorists, this previously undevelopable corner now anchors a burgeoning tech and creative corridor culminating in the new global home of Laserfiche. The development is the first significant new building on the corridor in forty years and is one of very few new-construction headquarters in the region.
Architecturally, the new building responds to a “garden office” designed by Mid-Century Modern architect Ed Killingsworth. That iconic landmark sits across the street from the new project, its scale and style a design reference point. In response the massing of the project is turned 90 degrees and then stepped back at the upper floors to relate to the scale of the garden office. The upper floors then slide to shade the building on the south face and create decks on the north face for socializing and connecting to nature via treetops and mountain views.
The corridor was once part of the expansive Long Beach Oil Field a swath of land over five miles spanning from the City of Carson to the west through Long Beach and Signal Hill. The site was considered undevelopable until the client capped eight abandoned oil wells and removed several storage tanks.
Some key design elements as determined through a thorough programming exercise between the design team and Laserfiche's staff:
• Mid-Century-Inspired: Studio One Eleven’s design reflects a landmark garden-office building — directly across the street — by noted Mid-Century architect Edward Killingsworth. Studio One Eleven mirrored the massing of the building, stacking it vertically and sliding forms horizontally to create shade and multiple outdoor spaces.
• Space Configuration: The design shifts the service core – typically in the center of an office building – to the outer western edge. This allows for a more contiguous workspace and a communal environment. The solid core also serves to block unwanted western solar heat gain.
• Sustainability: To meet the staff's operational and programming needs, some of the design team's top priorities were connections to natural light, nature and support of physical fitness. The current design underway incorporates 100% access to daylight while minimizing glare on the south and east sides with exterior shading. The upper floors on the south side extend over the ground floor to prevent increased solar heat gain in the summer. This, tied in with a high performance VRF system directly contributes to a 24% increase in efficiency beyond the LEED baseline supporting LEED Gold Certification.
• Health and Wellness: Office-based lifestyles can render 90% of our time spent indoors which plays a major role on our mental and physical wellbeing. To support a healthy work environment, the Laserfiche team is pursuing WELL Platinum certification. Design strategies include increased ventilation, high performance air filters, and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor restoration spaces dedicated to decrease stress and enhance productivity.