Renovated Adobe HQ is a destination in architectural millwork design
February 28, 2019 | 4:18 pm CST

Adobe’s renovated vertical campus was reimagined to embody the company’s culture and brand.

A global brand known widely for its visual applications, marketing workflows, and of course, for the ubiquitous PDF, Adobe was one of the earlier entrants in Silicon Valley's series of blockbuster corporate successes. To refresh its 1990's building Adobe retained architectural firm Gensler. Established in 2000, Gensler San Jose is highly regarded for its thought leadership in workplace architectural design for the technology sector. Leveraging its Bay Area roots, Gensler delivers unparalleled design services to an impressive list of top Silicon Valley clients both locally and globally. 

The project by the San Jose office of Gensler, was managed by Devcon Construction, with architectural millwork and other contributions by Mission Bell Manufacturing. Both sites will be part of a plant tour during the Executive Briefing Conference in San Jose in April. 

Gensler says the design aligns with the needs of client Adobe's creative and innovative employees, providing an environment that empowers people to participate, encourages a sense of community and inspires exploration.

A fresh face was given to the campus’s 1990s aesthetic with new open workspaces and numerous gathering/meeting areas. This includes a terraced meeting space with bleacher seating and “living rooms,” outside collaboration spaces, creative conference rooms and amenities that allow employees to connect in a multitude of ways.

Adobe’s culture of collaboration and creativity is achieved through an open and vibrant work environment, as Gensler describes it. 

Architectural millwork firm Mission Bell Manufacturing, Morgan Hill, California, handled aspects of Adobe’s headquarters during the 2016 project. Both Mission Bell and Adobe headquarters will be toured by attendees of the 2019 Executive Briefing Conference, being held in San Jose, California April 14-16.
For the reception area, Mission Hill built a glossy solid surface reception desk with a veneer feature wall. The feature wall is particularly unique as the veneer is applied at contrasting angles and surrounds an illuminated Adobe logo. To the left, was built a similar veneer wall that houses six large monitors, and speakers that display the latest in Adobe news."
In the Layers Café, Mission Hill built a beautiful window frame with European White Oak that surrounds banquette seating from the floor to the ceiling. The oak adds character and warmth to the sleek servery casework of the café. Additionally, Mission Hill created lobbies, lounges, conference rooms, and more to add a touch of collaboration and community throughout each of the three Adobe towers.
Direing the Executive Briefing Conference, Gensler Creative Director Claudia Salazar (left) and Eric Kline, Director, Global Workplace Delivery/Strategy for Adobe will give a presentation on the Adobe headquarters project, following which buses will take attendees for a plant tour of Mission Bell Manufacturing, where the fabrication of materials and millwork design planning was done.
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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.