California Campus exemplifies life/work balance in outdoor amenities
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LocationSan Jose, California USA
ClientPayPal
Size50 acres (master plan); 2 acres (campus core)

The workplace of the new millennium is a far cry from the indoor-only, parking-centric “concrete jungle” of the past. After its 2014 separation from eBay, PayPal engaged SWA in a three-part, campus-wide improvement project that exemplifies corporate campus trends by shifting the focus to outdoor amenities, flexibility, and life/work balance for its more than 4,000 employees. Previously sparse outdoor seating and ornamental planting has been expanded and upgraded: a new amphitheater accommodates up to 250, with additional standing room, all with a view of the new stage and outdoor screen for presentations, events, and movie screenings. In addition to an airy new indoor/outdoor cafeteria, a large deck complements a new coffee shop (known as “the oasis”) that converts to a beer garden after hours – a flexible choice for informal meetings and social gatherings, and a much-needed amenity on a campus where conference space is in high demand.

The campus’ new bocce court, together with pool and ping pong tables, is constantly in use. Shade structures in the amphitheater, together with umbrellas and mature Chinese Elm trees added to complement existing California Redwoods, offer respite from the California sun; plantings have been updated with water conservation in mind, placing greater emphasis on native species. The landscape now reflects the 24/7, lifestyle-inclusive environment of the PayPal ethos as well as the Northern California region, enlivening the campus and alleviating indoor congestion.

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