The Exchange Neighbor // UBER

Uber will start construction in the fall on its new Mission Bay campus, a corporate headquarters development that will eventually be able to accommodate more than 3,000 workers.

On Wednesday, the app-based transportation company, which operates in more than 200 cities in 55 countries, released the first renderings of the 423,000-square-foot, two-building complex that will include an 11-story mid-rise at 1455 Third St. and a six-story structure at 1515 Third St. The design details were released as part of a “request for qualifications” process, through which Uber is seeking to recruit small and minority-owned businesses for the development team.

The heart of the campus, designed by SHoP Architects and interior designer Studio O+A, is a multistory “commons” — a glassed-in network of circulation and gathering spaces fronting Third Street. The Commons features three angling glass and steel bridges crossing over Pierpoint Lane, a public pedestrian way. There will also be a small city park on Pierpoint, with a day care center spilling out onto it.

The “inside-out” design seeks to reinforce the openness of Uber’s corporate culture, according to Adony Beniares, head of workplace operations. “There is a transparency we have internally where anybody can talk to anybody about what is going on” regardless of title or level of responsibility, he said.

 

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