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Shell building construction complete for ResMed corporate headquarters

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The office tower shell building and parking structure are complete and tenant improvements are under way for the new 250,000-square-foot headquarters facility for San Diego-based ResMed Inc. (NYSE: RMD), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of products for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. KMA Architecture & Engineering, in conjunction with Davis Davis Architects and ID Studios designed the project, and Kipland Howard's Allegis Development is providing development management services on behalf of ResMed. Construction for Phase I located at 9001 Spectrum Center Blvd. in the Spectrum Centre Business Park is slated for occupancy in May.

The first phase of the project consists of a six-story office building and five-levels of parking. When complete, the building will also include an exercise facility and a full-service cafeteria. The development will include a central park featuring an intricate mix of hardscape and softscape landform treatments and topography. Innovative landscaping will create outdoor meeting spaces for employee gatherings, and an indoor/outdoor sculpture court is being built.

To maximize the building's efficiency, the design includes significant use of daylighting, increased through the use of light shelves to help bounce light deeper into the building. The building also features an access floor system for cable management and a state-of-the art underfloor air distribution system for the data center. Other innovative technologies include the use of a Rainscreen system, characterized by a Trespa and Alucobond ventilated wall system to prevent problems associated with moisture entering the building, and allowing the building to "breathe."

The building's design includes significant use of daylighting, increased through the use of light shelves to help bounce light deeper into the facility.

"We're excited to be a part of this innovative project," said Neville Willsmore, principal and project manager for KMA, "and are grateful to have a client who is informed on issues of sustainability and agreeable to investigating new ideas of building construction techniques and systems. ResMed's founder -- Peter Farrell -- is a great patron of the arts and culture, and his management team have worked closely with our development team in evolving the building aesthetic and exploring alternative solutions to create dynamic interior spaces."

In addition to architectural design, KMA is also providing electrical engineering services for the project. The KMA project team consists of Don Blair, Antonio Bernardo, Jay Guerrero, John Hilgeman, Bill Karrasch, Ilia Voronchihin, Neville Willsmore, Pedro Van Den Eeden and Rey Zumarraga.

Bob Davis, Laurie Davis, Mark Krencik and Matt Winter are representing Davis Davis Architects; and Deborah Elliott, Tracy Morran, Amy Morway and Jill Russell are representing ID Studios.

Reno Contracting is the general contractor. Hope Engineering is the structural engineer, and the civil engineer is Burkett & Wong. Mechanical and plumbing engineering is by McParlane & Associates. Hargreaves Associates is providing landscape design services.

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