project information

New Relic Headquarters


188 Spear St, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

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Square Footage:

80,000 sf - 90,000 sf?

Completion Date:

2012 - 2014

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Public Facing Description

QA was commissioned to design the new corporate headquarters for New Relic, the fast-growing industry leader in Data Analytics for App Monitoring. Custom pen Collaborative Areas are located in the floor’s corners for quick informal meetings and impromptu mini-workstations for staff visiting other departments. The most dynamic space within the four full floors of offices is the large Café and All Hands Area that accommodates informal meetings, all-office presentations, and interactive interoffice social functions. ​The palette for New Relic was derived from the image invoked by its name- the juxtaposition of old and new, modern and decayed. Using reclaimed old growth elm, the wood is mingled amongst flamed steel walls, perforated metal panels and colorful furniture to create a warm, lively, and inviting work place.

We are honored and excited that our design for the New Relic Headquarters was selected by the SF Business Times as one of the top "10 Coolest Offices in the Bay Area 2018." 

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Interior Architect
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Interiors, Space Planning, test fits, SD through CA
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$13 Million
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Marketing Descriptions and Information (not for public use)

Internal Project Description:

QA was commissioned to design the Interior Architecture Tenant Improvements for the New Relic Headquarters Building on the top floors of 188 Spear Street. The base contract included a program for two and a half of the tenant buildings's twelve floors. New Relic was growing significantly during the design phases of the project which prompted them to lease additional space, for a total of four floors. The additional space was designed during construction of the first two floors under a task-based contract that was completed within a very aggressive schedule. Additional team members were brought in, as needed, to ensure prompt execution of design and delivery of documentation.

QA was commissioned to design the new corporate headquarters for New Relic, the fast-growing industry leader in Data Analytics for App Monitoring. To provide various teams access to constantly variable information throughout the day, we designed a custom, continuous soffit system running around the perimeter of the building core, housing monitors displaying application analysis information and sales performance in real-time. The framework allows for the addition or relaocation of monitors to accommodate the movement of teams or entire departments. Private offices were located adjacent to the core so that open office areas are afforded access to the window line for light and views. Custom Open Collaborative Areas are located in the floor's corners for quick informal meetings an impromptu mini-workstations for staff visiting other departments. The most dynamic space within the four full floors of offices is the larg e Cafe and All-Hands Area that accommodates informal meetings, all-office presentations and interactive interoffice social functions.

Design Challenges & Innovations:

Branding & Graphics
For the New Relic Headquarters at 188 Spear, QA seamlessly integrated brand and architecture by using the implication of the company's actual name as the basis for all design decisions. With the playful juxtaposition of "New" and "Relic" (old reclaimed wood experienced throughout the space), the resultant branded environment is a unified visual identity with a rich palette of materials and colors that complement and enhance their integrated brand experience. The overall emotional connection of the end-users is visceral.

Other Notes & Reference

Mission Rock Block F, Mission Rock Building F

Transbay Block 4

P70 Building 12


Designed by Fred

*Project completed by senior members of responsible charge while at a previous firm.

Exclusive Luxury Beach Club

Jeff Wetzel, Principal

Client Values:
Campus Future Reorganization Strategies
Facilities Migration Phasing and Implementation
Workplace Analysis &

Cecilia has responsible charge and design responsibility for tthis project while at Backen, Arrigoni, & Ross (BAR Architects)

Essential Facility
Public Agency
Historic Building

Apartments: 212 Units
Serviced Apartments: 114 Units
Townhouses: 22 Units
Office Building: 12 Stories
Podium Retail & F&B: 74,000 sf
Parking Structure: 12 Stories
Podium & Block Retail: 2 Levels
Municipal Open Space: 2 Parks
Podium Parking: 3 Levels

Multiblock Urban Campus

Hernan Alonso Diaz - NOT QA WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sports Facility

Owner: Michael Myers - 415 235-3650

Owner: Jack Scott - 701 869 2448

415 Natoma

Part of larger contract with SMUD from 2001 - 2007

Tool Issue Building Renovation & Seismic Retrofit - Part of larger SMUD contract that went from 2001 - 2007

Client Values:
The "Office of the Future" Implementation
Flexible Freestanding Desking Solutions
"Touchdown" Hotelling & Ergonomics Standards

Alistair Shearer
Principal | Project Manager
The Rockridge Group

AE7QA project

Exclusive Luxury Yacht Club

Client Values:
Alternative Workplace Strategies Program
Management Group Integration Imperatives
Collaborative & Concentrative Diversity Solutions

Ralph O'Rear,
Former Director of Facilities
Industrial Light + Magic (ILM)
415 209 2000

Registered California Historic Building
Essential Services Facility

Joseph Powell
Principal Architect, Headquarters Renovation
Facilities Management, SMUD
916 732 6761

Mr. David Gould
David Gould Associates
416 Donal Drive, Moraga, CA
415 990 0125
Owner's Rep

Registered California Historic Building
PUC (Public Utility Commission) Regulatory Requirements, Federal Regulatory Requirements (FRC, NRF)

Public Utility Client, Highly Confidential and Complex Project, LEED Gold Certified

Al Tayer House - Sayeed Al Tayer is a close friend of His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and was gifted the property

Registered California Historic Building
Essential Services Facility

Glen Shuder, AIA - Facilities Executive
Doug Norwood - Project Director
Robert Labbe - Project Manager
Jim Jurkovich - Project Manager
Contact Number: 916-732-6623

Mixed Use Development - Retail, Hotel and Residential

100 Condos, 40 Leased Apartments, 120 Hotel Rooms, 45 Serviced Apartmentws

QA provided Interior Architecture services for AOR, AE7

Jeff Wetzel, Principal

QA provided full Interior Architecture and Design Services for Architect of Record,

We did renders only

Q House, Lovell House, Quezada's old house

Now owned by Al Grumet and Sonia Lee (testimonial from Sonia)

Meydan, AE7QA
We did masterplan and some contemporary homes

Jeff Wetzel, Prinicpal

Shanghai General Hospital

Never built? 
AE7QA project

Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui District
Shanghai, Shangai, C200232 China

Never built? 

MId Rise Office Buildings: 6
Low Rise Office Buildings: 8
Underground Parking: 1 Level
Retail - Podium + Underground: 2 Levels
Podium Block: 140,000 sf

28,966 sf site

1639, 1643, and 1649 9th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Cecilia's cousin, Florencia Pita did this while working with her husband Hernan Diaz Alonso

Zoning: P - Public

First Floor: 17,477 sf

First Floor Courtyard: 2,098 sf

Second Floor: 28,140 sf

Third Floor: 15,966 sf

Third Floor Roof Deck: 10,869 sf

Total Project Area: 74,520 sf

ILM, Industiral Light + Magic, George Lucas, LucasArts, Presido, Lucas Learning

Same clients as 9th Street in Santa Monica and the Maui projects

Simon Residence

Homewood Residence, Q Tahoe, Owned by Quezadas

Al Wasl Towers
('The Connection' Towers in Arabic)

QA provided full Interior Architecture and Design Services for Architect of Record, AE7.

Jeff Wetzel, Principal

Won 2nd place in a design competition, never built

Cecilia hates all their furniture and therefore most of the interior shots

Residential Tower with Amenities

20 Retail Units, 504 Serviced Apartments, 44 Freehold Apartments, 6 Penthouses, 119, 115 or 121 Stories?

we were AE7Q at the time

QA provided full Interior Architecture and Design services for Architect of Record, AE7.

TMP Worldwide

our design was taken and somebody else got credit

Corte Madera and Sausalito

Photography Studio

Buildings 24 &25

Cecilia hates this project

Marvin L. Peper
Formerly of Barnes Construction
415 984 1314

BGP, Ticketmaster

Mr. Lee Smith (Presently President of Prescient Entertainment)
Chairman, Live Nation
415 440 9700

AIA San Francisco "Excellence in Interior Design" Award

Adaptive Reuse - Art & Media Curating

Client Values:
The "Progressive Office" Technology Solution
Management Group Integration Strategies
"Work from Home" Corporate Integration

Microsoft South

Mr. David Polnaszek
Retired Director of Facilities
650 614 7804

Subs: Structural, MEP, Civil, Landscape, Codes, Lighting, Roofing, Signage, Graphics, Security, Technology, Elevators, Acoustics, Food Service, Art, Fire Suppressio, Hydrology


Registered California Historic Building: Hallidie Building
First Curtain Wall Buiilding in SF
Institutional Client & Board of Directors

Historical Renovation


Stacy Williams
Deputy Director, AIASF
415 874 2620

Bill Groth

Margie O'Driscoll - Executive Director

Symphony Asset Management purchased by Nuveen

Photographed by Cesar Rubio

Christina Mans
415 676 4041

GREE, Gree International

Out of business

Building Area: 457,224 sf Gross
Project Area: 21,615 sf Gross
19,546 Net

Existing Tenant Area: 34,560 sf Gross
31,888 sf Net

Total Tenant Area: 56,175 sf Gross
51,434sf Net

Building Area: 218,239 sf Gross
Project Area: 18,222 sf Gross
15,988 SF

Lew Cirne, CEO
Chris Cook, CCO

Devorah Rosner, Facilities Director
415 404 6719


Building Area: +/- 906,924 sf Gross
Project Area: 36,332 sf Gross
35,062 Net

Robyn Singer-Dror, Principal
Studio D Interiors
917 497 6187


Peter Bardwick, CFO
650 517 8843

Single tower despite the plural name

QA is providing architectural and interior design services for the full renovation.

Satellite labs & offices

Original Design Contract Amount: $329,590

Additional Design Services: $151,450

Former Project Managers: Dawn Kokes, Deva Berman

1st Floor: 27,000 sq.ft.

4th Floor: 37,139 sq. ft.

Total Project Area: 64,139 sq. ft.

Total Building Area: 148,076 sq. ft.

Uber is a collaboration between QA and SHoP Architects. Project currently under construction.

Mission Bay Blocks 26 & 27 + Easements

Mixed Use - Office, Retail, Day Care, Public Park
2 Buildings
2 Connecting Bridges

SF Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure (OCII) SF Mission Bay Redevelopment Plan

Permitting: SF Department of Building Inspection Master Site Permit Package + DBI Pre-submittal Review | 13 Bid & Permit Addenda

Quezada Architecture

Project Team

Alfred Quezada Jr.
Project Manager
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Owners, Developers, Client, GC

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Tenant & Client

New Relic
Devorah Rosner
415 404 6719

Building Owner

Kathi Renk
Property Manager
415 495 1608

Project Manager

CRESA Partners
Justin Chan
Project Manager
925 819 1202

General Contractor

BCCI Construction Company
Dominic Sarica
Division VP
415 420 9393

General Contractor

BCCI Construction
Kevin O'Leary
Project Manager
415 341 6253

General Contractor

BCCI Construction
Jackie Crivinar
Permit Services Manager
415 850 8054

General Contractor

BCCI Construction Company
James Keenan
415 264 4318

Kenneth J. Morando
650 583 8222

Plumbing & Fire Sprinkler

Pribuss Engineering, Inc.
Matt O'Reilly
650 588 0447

Ron Baxter
Project Manager
415 297 5939


Project Team

Structural Engineer

Nabih Youssef Associates
Michael Gemmill
Senior VP
415 392 9637


Project Team

Electrical & Life Safety

Paganini Electrical
Robert March
415 732 9311

Electrical & Life Safety

Paganini Electric Corporation
Steve McDonagh
415 297 3977


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