BMW IT Research Center
Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build
O'Neal, in conjunction with Design Strategies, provided the design of the BMW Information Technology Research Center (BMW-ITRC) at Clemson Universitys International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The design partners were charged with creating a physical environment that fosters collaboration and maximizes opportunities for interaction between tenants and Clemson faculty and students who will be located in the Carroll Campbell Graduate Engineering Center located adjacent to the BMW-ITRC on the CU-ICAR campus.
The four-story, 80,000-square-foot facility serves as the control point for all BMW Information Technology operations in North and South America and houses laboratories where research will be conducted on prototype vehicles that focuses on improving automotive software systems, and software and hardware compatibility for BMW products.
The building houses a 2,600-square-foot computer data center, large open office spaces, a lobby/display area, car labs, rest rooms, meeting rooms, an elevated meeting platform, and a deck. Area lighting cable trays, duct, and piping are routed through the openings of exposed castellated beams in the open office areas, highlighting the technology of these systems. Rather than being hidden from view, the wiring in the electrical equipment room is fully viewable and is featured as part of the interior design.