Belkin Laboratory

Location
Irvine
Architect
Kamus + Keller
Project Description

Belkin creates technology enhancing products – phone cases, chargers, adapters, etc. - for digital devices, as well as security, infrastructure, energy and server-room solutions that can be integrated through centralized digital systems.  Having originally worked with Belkin to build their 150,000 square foot Playa Vista campus, Howard Building Corporation again joined the team to enhance product testing facilities located in Irvine, add a new data center, and update a lobby and open work area. 

The product testing labs were existing but required all new electrical and utility runs.  Two floor mounted air conditioning units were installed on the exterior to support the testing facility.  Existing lab furniture was removed, reconditioned and reinstalled, and completely new materials were installed throughout the lab space.  A specific feature of the facility is a new anechoic sound deadening chamber used for precision testing equipment.  The prefabricated chamber was installed to allow for tests requiring no interference from wireless signals.

A new data center was also built with a pre-action sprinkler system that allows a delayed response in the case of fire, protecting the servers housed in the data center from damage.  Installation of the system required the demolition of the existing wet sprinkler system.  During the process of construction, it was discovered that there is a high water table under the building, and additional moisture barrier was required to protect the servers as well.

A reception and lobby area renovation was also included in the scope of work, as well as open collaboration spaces.  New paint, carpet and furniture were installed, and a new custom designed reception desk was fabricated.  Metal wall panels and a new logo behind the reception desk complete the updated design.