For their corporate headquarters, Quiksilver selected Bauer and Wiley Architects to design a vibrant yet inexpensive office building including a showroom, studio, theater space for presentations and fashion shows, and a development and shipping center. The 350,000 sf multipurpose facility for this international apparel firm was transformed from a dark warehouse space to a bright and naturally lit workplace that reflects the company's surf oriented image.
MLA worked on the interior acoustics, office to office isolation, and HVAC noise control. The workspace layout was mostly an open office plan where the high ceilings made artificial masking sound unnecessary for privacy. The private executive offices were more conventionally constructed with walls extending to an artificial roof. The small showroom area included extensive sound and video systems for fashion shows and conventional lectures. The mechanical systems included very large air handlers that were quieted to an NC 30 sound level.
The project received the 1999 AIA Orange County Honor Award and the 2000 IIDA/Interior Design Magazine Award.