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San Diego-based SCA Architecture (formerly known as Smith Consulting Architects) has completed the planning, design, and entitlements for a new 23-acre campus expansion on behalf of global communications company, Viasat, located on El Camino Real in Carlsbad.

Located across the street from Viasatís existing headquarters, the new campus is being built on a vacant parcel of land, which Viasat acquired in October 2015. The site is south of Gateway Rd, north of Town Garden Rd and west of Alicante Rd, near the master-planned community of Bressi Ranch. The campus expansion can accommodate six office buildings, three parking structures, a cafe/conference center and recreational amenities for company employees.

The new campus is designed to embody Viasatís culture of creativity, exploration, freedom and innovation, as well as foster interaction between employees, clients and visitors. The two- and three-story office buildings range in size from 77k sf to 120k sf, and total 587k sf of space. The corner building at El Camino Real and Gateway Drive features below-grade parking to provide visitors a secure entrance without compromising the open campus feel. Careful consideration was given not only to the internal campus elevations, but also to those buildings facing El Camino Real and Viasatís adjacent neighbors.

Three parking structures, subterranean parking and a surface parking area accommodate a total of 2,053 vehicles, with 1,955 stalls between the parking structures, 70 stalls underneath the corner building, and 16 surface stalls in front of Building 12. The concrete structures are situated on the low side of the site, affording 5.3 acres of open space within the campus, once phase three is complete.

Woven throughout the open, outdoor space are ďunexpected experiencesĒ such as hammocks, swings, bocce ball courts, jogging trails, water filling stations, several shade structures for informal meetings including some with banquette seating, trees surrounded with bar-height counters for outdoor eating, an outdoor stage, fire pits, a barbeque, charging stations for mobile devices and other amenities, as well as displays of Viasatís latest technologies.

Whiting Turner, general contractor, broke ground late February 2017, with the first phase scheduled for completion in August of 2018.

Mark Langan is principal-in-charge for SCA Architecture, with Arati Rangaswamy, Milos Makaric, and Julie Spiegel serving as co-project managers. Project consultants include PLSA as civil engineer; Ground Level, landscape architect; Wiseman & Rohy, structural engineer; Syska Hennessy, mechanical/plumbing engineer; Michael Wall, electrical engineer; and Brummitt Energy Associates, serving as energy consultant.

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