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Cornerstone OnDemand

Santa Monica
Cornerstone OnDemand
Project Team

Ross Project Management, Cresa

25,000 Square Feet

Project Description

Cornerstone OnDemand is a global leader of cloud-based talent management software solutions.  Over 15.5 million users across 191 countries utilize Cornerstone as a management solution that helps organizations manage the entire employee lifecycle, from hiring through retirement.  Cornerstone is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with offices in Auckland, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Munich, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sydney, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

To create a unique space for their headquarters, Cornerstone OnDemand engaged designers at S.K.I.N. Design and Howard Building Corporation to build their 50,000 square foot office space.  The painted grid ceiling in the lobby and reception area covers an exposed ceiling that opens up completely in the work areas.  Stained concrete floors denote public spaces that are punctuated by custom designed rugs at special seating areas.  Back painted glass is lit from behind at the reception desk, and the same effect creates a soft blue glow in the walls of a bank of conference rooms in the conferencing area.  Metal wall panels create feature walls, and carved wood sculptural planks define sitting areas throughout.  The signature feature of the project is a “ribbon” element that takes its most developed form in the large scale seating near the reception area. Constructed from powder-coated sheet metal and leather upholstery, this large sculptural piece immediately defines the company's brand in the space.  This approach is echoed in the custom built conference table with the sculptural chrome letters “CSOD” for a base.   

The project includes open work areas, private meeting rooms, break-out meeting areas for impromptu gatherings, private offices, a café with adjacent entertainment balconies, an exercise room, screening room, and meditation room.  Construction was divided into three phases for the entire 50,000 square feet, with the first 25,000 square feet built in two phases without disturbing operations on the occupied floor.