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BUSINESS NEWS WARE MALCOMB ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF ZS ASSOCIATES OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO Ware Malcomb , an award-winning international design firm, announced construction is complete on the offices of ZS Associates located at 611 Gateway Boulevard in South San Francisco. Ware Malcomb provided interior architecture and design services for the project. ZS Associates, a global professional services firm, expanded its offices into 11,682 square feet in South San Francisco. A complete interior renovation of the space included a mixture of open office seating, collaboration spaces, meeting rooms, large training room, and an open kitchen area. The firm also maintains its existing office space on the 10th floor of the building. “For over 35 years, ZS has been helping clients innovate and solve complex problems by taking things apart, seeing how they work, and putting them back together in a way that works even better,” said Rhea Butler, director, interior architecture and design of Ware Malcomb’s San Francisco office. “It was exciting to adapt this corporate culture into the new office design by implementing the concept of puzzle pieces.” Abstract geometric shapes such as triangles and parallelograms were used throughout the space to denote the concept of interlinking puzzle pieces. The design also represented an abstraction of the ZS Associates logo design to tie the San Francisco office into the global firm. Bold uses of color blocks formed another component of interlocking pieces, which help to delineate the smaller neighborhoods that combine to form the greater office. Strategic placement of collaboration and interaction spaces in the center of the plan encourage employees to congregate and interact with each other. In addition to the overall design aesthetic, ZS Associates was also focused on the acoustics of the space. To achieve optimal sound attenuation, all walls use double layers of drywall and connect directly to the structure.

Additionally, other acoustical components such as Fitz Felt walls, acoustical light fixtures, and soft seating were added to help absorb sound. The general contractor for the project was GCI General Contractors . GCI is a Bay Area-based commercial general contractor that specializes in tenant improvements, laboratories, base building renovations, and infrastructure. ZS Associates is a professional services firm that works side by side with companies to help develop and deliver products that drive customer value and company results. ZS Associates leverages its deep industry expertise, leading-edge analytics, technology and strategy to create solutions that work in the real world. With more than 35 years of experience and more than 7,000 people in more than 25 offices worldwide, ZS Associates is passionately committed to helping companies and their customers thrive. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Ware Malcomb specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science and technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record ’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 25 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine ’s Top 100 Giants.

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