Adobe North Tower

San Jose, California

The Adobe North Tower project is a uniquely large all-electric building. Multiple rounds of early phase design iteration paired with life cycle analysis, including carbon-based metrics led to a highly efficient all-electric, low-carbon mechanical design. The extensive commercial kitchen program is also all-electric with induction cook-tops and electric combination ovens.

The building sits on top of 8 levels of parking, two of which are below grade. The program is primarily office, though there are extensive commercial kitchens on three levels along with a 1 MW data center. The program also includes a customer experience center with tight performance requirements for acoustics, aesthetics, and audio-visual.

The building is served by a high-efficiency water-cooled chilled water plant that is supplemented by an air-source heat pump (ASHP) hot water plant. The ASHP hot water plant includes heat-recovery heat pumps that provide simultaneous cooling to the 24x7 data center loads and heating to the VAV reheat system. The chiller plant includes a water-side economizer for cooling the data center more efficiently at night (when simultaneous heating is not needed). The chillers are installed in a series configuration for better efficiency and the plant is designed for maximum flexibility, with any chiller able to serve any load depending on the most efficient operational scenario.

Size (ft²)

600,000

Stories

18

Project Type

Office

Scope of Work

Design/Build MEPS C&S and TI
Full Service BAS

Completed

2020

Owner

Adobe

Architect

Gensler

Contractors

Devcon (GC)
ACCO (MC)
Sunbelt (BAS)

Photographer

Gensler

References

Owner's Rep: Sares Regis
Architect: Mark McMinn
GC: Daisy Pereira

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