Inphi, a high-speed analog semiconductor company, had outgrown their previous space in Thousand Oaks and in 2010 they relocated their headquarters to Westlake Village, CA. In order to combine their lab and office spaces in the newly leased space previously occupied by Verizon’s data center, ARC Engineering needed to work carefully within Inphi’s budget and along with Sierra Pacific Constructors, Wolcott Architecture, Black Ltd and the city of Thousand Oaks to modify the existing infrastructure.
One significant challenge was consolidating the 24hr HVAC, condensers, air-compressors, nitrogen and vacuum requirements into an exterior area adjacent to the building that comes within close proximity of oak trees over which the city maintains a strict protective ordinance. ARC worked around the existing conditions and maintained the necessary 10’ clearance from the nearest oak canopy while providing a maintainable layout of equipment.
In creating the systems for the new office areas, ARC backfilled and heavily reworked the building’s MEP infrastructure that had been removed for the prior data center and installed new HVAC system for the state-of-the-art lab spaces. The building features a probe lab, bench test lab, component lab and EMFR systems lab, shipping and receiving areas, assembly and small part inspection areas for prototyping.
ARC commenced work in 2010 and successfully finished on the six-month project on budget.