Renovating a New Domain for a Leader in Internet Security
Verisign, a global leader in domain names and internet security, relocated its headquarters from California to Virginia to be closer to their customers — 95 percent of whom are on the East Coast. After initially renting space in Loudoun County, the tech firm searched for a permanent site, ultimately selecting the former Sallie Mae headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Selected as the general contractor, we were excited to help Verisign make their transition, and renovate the eight-story space into its new state-of-the-art headquarters.
Project typeMission Critical Commercial Interiors
The entire project was constructed on a 16-week schedule, with critical cooling and power load areas turned over on an 11-week schedule. The DAVIS team always brings a can-do attitude to the table.
Mike Swingle, Senior Project Manager, Himes Associates, Ltd.
This LEED Gold® fast-tracked project required a phased approach with multiple crews working non-stop. Our team was involved from day one, providing six months of instrumental preconstruction services that enabled us to fully understand Verisign's physical, technical, and design requirements. From there, our team developed a detailed phasing plan to complete the renovation quickly and effectively.
We completely reconfigured the workspaces, transforming the outdated cube farm into an organically collaborative environment that fits Verisign's needs and communicates their position as digital technology titan. Working on multiple floors at a time, we took down large portions of hard wall to open up the space, rerouted and updated electrical wiring and data cabling, and installed high-end finishes throughout. We coordinated with multiple specialty consultants and installed digital information boards, large-scale signage and systems furniture for each floor. We also built an executive area and security briefing center, equipped with a state-of-the-art A/V system for clients and guests.
The most important and unique part of this renovation was building out the new 5,000-SF Regional Operations Command Center (ROCC), where Verisign monitors its customers’ internet security, both domestically and abroad. Because the original building did not include this highly secure mission-critical component, the build-out of the ROCC required major MEP and HVAC upgrades to ensure uninterrupted service 24/7 for all of Verisign's customers. The ROCC entrance features glass, which can instantly switch between clear and opaque visibility depending on who is touring the space.
To fully support the entire facility, including the ROCC, we built a new Tier 2 data center that utilizes a chilled-water cooling system to prevent overheating. All backup systems are powered by a generator installed on the roof, with incoming power at the ground level.
We are a collaborative builder, and this mindset was especially important in managing a bi-coastal relationship. With the tenant and architect located on the West Coast, we were particularly diligent in our approach to logistics and communication — and made sure that we worked efficiently to meet the project’s ambitious timeline. The result of this combined effort is a modern, high-tech headquarters that earned LEED Gold® certification — and a sense of collective pride from all of us at DAVIS.Photos by Jim Tetro