3Com Headquarters

1995-1999 | Santa Clara, CA

  • 3Com Headquarters View of Dining, Walkway and Reflecting Pool Photo: Michael O'Callahan
  • 3Com Headquarters Aerial View of Campus Photo: Dennis Morris Photography
  • 3Com Headquarters Building 8 Photo: Michael O'Callahan
  • 3Com Headquarters Outdoor Dining Photo: Michael O'Callahan
  • 3Com Headquarters Dining Photo: Michael O'Callahan
  • 3Com Headquarters Courtyard Photo: Michael O'Callahan

STUDIOS worked with 3Com Corporation to incrementally expand the high-tech company’s corporate headquarters over twelve years of development. Located amid a nondescript industrial development alongside a busy highway, the campus had with limited access to dining facilities and other amenities. It was vital to create a pleasant work environment that would provide necessary services to employees, as well as help to attract talented new staff.

STUDIOS developed a campus master plan evocative of a small village or college campus, with buildings connected by a series of courtyards that serve as the heart of the headquarters. With each phase of construction, the architectural design became increasingly dynamic and the campus assumed greater density. A reflecting pool softens the relatively urban landscape and doubles as a secondary water supply for the new manufacturing building. A 300-foot long pedestrian bridge connects the two halves of the campus. In the final phase, a podium parking structure was masked by a ring of surrounding buildings, and topped with a landscaped courtyard.

The campus houses offices, research and development, manufacturing and a network operations center, and amenities such as a fitness center, three dining facilities of up to 120 seats each, a customer-briefing center, a training facility, as well as podium and freestanding parking structures.


  • 1998

    National Institute of Business Designers/Interior Design Magazine Outstanding Achievement Award

  • 1997

    AIA Santa Clara Honor Award Phase II

  • 1997

    Gold Nugget Grand Award

  • 1991

    Gold Nugget Merit Award


  • High-Tech, High Life

    La Vie, Taiwan

  • Volume 37, Autumn 2000


  • December 1999

    The Creative Offce

  • 3Com adds urban ambience to Santa Clara Campus

    San Jose Mercury News

  • The Business of Design

    Interior Design

  • Fluid Office


  • Hello, Goodbye, 3Com Corporation

    Contract Design

  • 3Com Corporation Makes Frugality a Priority

    Building Design & Construction