New Dallas campus for global technology company features a “neighborhood” approach to workplace design
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 12, 2017) – HGA San Francisco, one of San Francisco’s premier full-service architecture firms specializing in workplace environments, is pleased to announce its completion of RealPage Dallas. Considered the nation’s leading property-management software company, RealPage Dallas has experienced exponential growth since launching in 1998. In response, the fast growing company consolidated its Dallas, Texas headquarters—previously composed of four disparate locations—under one 400,000 square foot roof.
In developing its design for the company, HGA San Francisco placed significant emphasis on advancing the culture and ideals of RealPage, specifically how colleagues work and communicate. Led by HGA San Francisco lead architect Melissa Pesci, who has designed multiple RealPage locations in San Francisco, Irvine, Chicago, Seattle, Barcelona, South Carolina, and Georgia, among other cites, the design for the Dallas headquarters exemplifies the gold standard in thoughtful workplace design. It seeks to reveal not only a refreshed environment, but also a forward-looking vision paired with a workplace strategy that promotes collaboration and efficiency.
In response to the original campus, where employees were often siloed, the new headquarters is designed at the human level with the belief that places for eating and daily activities are just as important as meeting spaces. The first thing Pesci’s team did was knit together the company culture by creating important amenities, such as a farmers’ market-style cafeteria and coffee bar, gym, training and conference center, film and sound studio, auditorium, and an open workplace with custom furniture system by Steelcase that is adaptable to the company’s changing needs.
“RealPage is a global technology company, and its headquarters needed to convey its culture, while at the same time respond to the specific site conditions and programming requirements,” says lead architect Melissa Pesci. “Our design approach sought to humanize the large floor plate through “neighborhoods.” Within each neighborhood are workstations and hubs. The hubs are made up of private offices that are adjacent to a coffee bar, as well as open, collaboration space and closed collaboration space.”
To achieve such an ambitious design, HGA performed a multitude of in-house services to maximize time and budget given the project’s fast-track schedule. From interior design and architecture, to engineering, lighting design and environmental graphics, HGA’s multi-faceted practice attributed to the ultimate success of the space by incorporating a “lean” project delivery method. Additionally, HGA came on board as a trusted partner at the start of the project to oversee the site selection process and assist with planning for the complex project.
“The RealPage headquarters move needed to be very strategic. Working with HGA allowed us to bring in creativity, flexibility and nimbleness,” says Sandy Seaton, Vice President of Real Estate & Workplace Solutions. “The idea of bringing all of our employees together and creating one workplace culture with new amenities like the work café, fitness center and neighborhoods has created a cohesiveness that didn’t exist before.”
As a design firm that consistently strives to meet and exceed client expectations, HGA is proud to have completed the RealPage Dallas headquarters, which is now home to more than 2,000 employees.
- HGA converted four floors of existing low-rise office building, including the ground floor level that was previously a data center and one floor in an adjacent mid-rise building, into cutting-edge, class A office space. The low-rise square footage is 400,000 sf. The mid-rise square footage is 25,000 sf.
- HGA oversaw all aspects of the project, from interior design and architecture to engineering, lighting design and environmental graphics.
- HGA thoughtfully executed each building function – from control lighting levels to heating and cooling levels.
- HGA conceptualized and designed key office culture and workplace areas:
-Farmers’ market-style cafeteria with different market spaces.
- HGA provided a full- service suite of services, including architecture, interior design, MEP/Structural, environmental graphics, and lighting.
- Contractor: Structure Tone Southwest, Inc. (Low-rise); Scott and Reid (High-rise)
- Furniture Vendors: Two Furnish, BKM, BI
- Systems Furniture: Steelcase
- Electrician: FSG Electric
- Carpet: Shaw Industries ,Inc.
- Flooring: Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
- Supplier/Installer of Environmental Graphics: Artograx
About HGA San Francisco
HGA is an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm. With offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Los Angeles; Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Washington DC, the nationally recognized firm has developed expertise in the corporate, healthcare, government, arts, community and education, since 1953. HGA’s culture for interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge sharing and design investigation helps prepare its clients for the future with responsive, innovative and sustainable design.
RealPage is a leading global provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry. Clients use the company’s platform to improve operating performance and increase capital returns. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Richardson, Texas, RealPage currently serves over 12,000 clients worldwide from offices in North America, Europe and Asia.