project information

Planet Labs Headquarters


645 Harrison Street, 1st Floor and 4th Floor

San Francisco, CA

Project Number:


Square Footage:

64,139 sf

Completion Date:

November 2018

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Public Facing Description

Planet is an integrated aerospace and data analytics company that operates history’s largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites. Located in a historic building in the South of Market neighborhood, the first floor encompasses 25,000 square feet of laboratory space. Planet’s 37,000 square foot office on the fourth floor will be home to a team of scientists, engineers, and operations specialists. Design of the space incorporates the theme “looking in” which transposes the colors, textures, and pattern observed by Planet’s satellites in space into the look and feel of the tenant.

Internal Project Information

Architect of Record
Services / Scope:
1st Floor Tenant Improvement - Concept Design through Construction Administration 1st Floor Liquid Nitrogen Tank - Concept Design through Construction Administration 4th Floor Tenant Improvement - Concept Design through Construction Administration
LEED Rating:
Project Delivery Method:
Construction Type:
Type I-B Fully Sprinklered, 4 story existing concrete and steel building completed in 1949.
Software Used:
Revit, InDesign

Project Cost Information

Projected Cost:
Design Fees:
$481,040 (originally $329,590)
Final Cost:
$13,354,836.48 ($4,537,555.68 1st Floor; $8,817,281.00 4th Floor)
Cost per Square Foot:
$208/sf ($168/sf 1st Floor; $237/sf 4th Floor)

Insurance Information

Insurance limit requirements per contract:
Standard industry coverage carried by QA
Project excess coverage required?
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Marketing Descriptions and Information (not for public use)

Internal Project Description:

1st Floor Tenant improvement: TBD

- To meet the rigorous technical requirements to manufacture satellites in Planet Labs 1st Floor laboratory spaces, the design required cleanroom features, electrostatic resistant floors durable enough for heavy wear and tear, specific light levels to accomplish detailed tasks, and several layers of security per federal regulations.

- Planet already was home to the most prolific satellite production facility in the world – enabling them to launch a record 146 satellites in 2017. The new facility takes Planet to a new level. At 27,000+ square-feet, the state-of-the-art complex is six times the size of their previous lab and brings all aspects of spacecraft design and production – from R&D to manufacturing to testing – under one roof. This enables Planet Labs to iterate faster and continue to push the envelope of what small satellites are capable of. The additional square footage and flexible floor plan also allows for simultaneous production of multiple spacecraft lines, from Doves to future satellite constellations. For example, concurrent with other spacecraft designs, Planet can now build upwards of 40 Doves per week, which is nearly twice the build capacity of our previous manufacturing site. A highlight of the new facility is a multi-purpose environmental testing facility capable of simulating space environments and testing the readiness of our hardware for flight. Coupled with Planet’s expertise in automation and data aggregation, these physical testing capabilities allow us to qualify and release new designs and missions quickly – without compromising quality or agility.

Quezada Architecture was engaged by Planet Labs to provide design services for their new offices in San Francisco. Planet Labs is an American private earth imaging company based in San Francisco. The company designs and manufactures miniature satellites called Doves that are then delivered into orbit as passengers on other rocket launch missions. Each Dove earth observation satellite continuously scans earth, sending data once it passes over a ground station.

Located in a historic building in the South of Market neighborhood, the first floor encompasses 25,000 square feet of laboratory and satelite manufacturing space. A key feature of this floor is the 50-person laboratory with 3, 10k Class Cleanrooms and optics lab, research and development lab, and Dove production assembly space and inventory room along with 4 conference rooms, 35 work stations and support areas. Planet's 37,139 square foot office on the fourth floor will be home to a team of scientists, engineers, and operations specialists. Design of the space incorporates the theme "looking in" which transposes the colors, textures, and pattern observed by Planet's satellites in space into the look and feel of the tenant.

Design Challenges & Innovations:

4th Floor Tenant improvement:
- Visitors to the space are greeted by a custom reception desk which was inspired by the way that Planet Labs collects satellite imagery. Satellites orbit a location in parallel paths, and the strips of data are stitched together to form a complete image.

- The open office is supported by 17 phone rooms and 12 conference rooms, with a total of 121 seats.

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

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Project Manager
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Ariel Miller
650 743 1205

Owners, Developers, Client, GC

Project Team

Property Management

Cresleigh Management, Inc.
Laura Millett
Property Manager


Planet Labs
Sean Herron
Director of Corporate Engineering and IT


Planet Labs
William Eshagh
Vice President, Information Technology


Planet Labs
Cleo Palmer-Poroner
Business Operations


Planet Labs
Ashley Gillespie
Office Manager

Project Management

Nan Reed
Project Manager

Project Management

Rose Mondragon
Project Manager


Novo Construction, Inc.
Paul Cornett
Project Executive / Senior Project Manager


Novo Construction, Inc.
Jason Hur
Project Manager


Novo Construction, Inc.
Todd Freeman


Novo Construction, Inc.
Mark Cornett
Project Engineer


Novo Construction, Inc.
Erica Selsted
Project Engineer


Project Team

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Project Team

Electrical Engineer

Decker Electric Co., Inc.
Erick Sodeno
Project Manager

Mechanical Engineer

ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc.
Mario Velasco
Senior Project Manager

Structural Engineer

Murphy Burr Curry, Inc.
Pierson Jones
Project Engineer
415-546-0431 x19

Structural Engineer

Murphy Burr Curry, Inc.
Alan Burr
415-546-0431 x16


Project Team

Fire Engineering & Life Safety

Holmes Fire
Geza Szakats

Fire Engineering & Life Safety

Holmes Fire
Bob Vezis


Project Team

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Project Team

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