Shortly after VDTA completed a 2,000,000 SF master plan for eBay’s North Campus work began on the first new building eBay had ever built, a 196,000 SF office and amenity building. Through a series of brainstorming meetings, a team of executives, led by the architects focused on eBay’s global responsibilities. The message of the new building would be two-fold – this would be a truly 21st Century work environment, and one that is as eco-friendly as possible. The five-story building features precast concrete panels in combination with a custom curtain wall system. The design draws on elements from the existing buildings on campus, which were recently renovated, along with original design elements that reflect eBay’s brand and identity. Open offices are arranged on the upper floors, complimented by a wide range of conference and informal collaboration spaces found throughout the building. The ground floor of the building includes a 500 seat dining facility, 12,000 SF fitness center and a large data center. As a global company, eBay has embraced its responsibilities through its Global Citizen Initiative, which emphasizes care for the environment. Building 17 has an environmental theme that is communicated through environmental graphics and its corporate art program. Incorporated in the design is a 700kw photovoltaic array which provides 17% of the energy and a 500kw system of Bloom Fuel Cells, providing 15% of the energy. The LEED Gold Building was featured on CBS’S “60 Minutes”.
Photography © Hedrich Blessing, Steve Hall