Cisco Systems Corporate Campus

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Cisco Systems Corporate Campus
(formerly Scientific Atlanta)

Location Lawrenceville, Georgia
Project Scope
270 acres; 780,000 SF
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco Systems (formerly Scientific-Atlanta) occupies approximately one-fourth of a 270 acre wooded site northeast of Atlanta. The Cisco controlled old growth forest site acquired in 1997 is master planned for over 2 million square feet of corporate facilities. Bordered by interstate and regional connector highways the site is well located in outer suburban Atlanta with easy access from many middle and upper income neighborhoods. Early master plan decisions placed the initial facilities at the end of a forested drive well within the property and bordering an existing spring fed lake. Forest views, walking and jogging paths, softball and volleyball fields as well as conservation of the protected stream beds were all important planning components of the early site work. Zoning restrictions limited building height and influenced the design of large open plan floor plates oriented to the forest views. Core components located at the ends of floor plates insure maximum flexibility for the mix of engineering lab and open plan work stations required for the ever changing technical workplace. Multiple wiring distribution pathways provide concealed service to open plan work areas and combine with easily reconfigured open cable tray in lab zones.

The first two constructed phases contain 600,000 square feet of corporate office, engineering lab, open plan and private office. The buildings are linked by upper level connector bridges as well a covered open air landscaped walkways. These corporate work areas are supported by dining and meeting facilities and a special sales and support training area which can be accessed in separate secured zones to accommodate multiple and at times competing customers. Most recently, the planning added an additional 360,000 square feet to the existing campus. Early engineering decisions focused on expansion allowed the central chilled water plant to easily accommodate this growth with the addition of new highly efficient refrigeration equipment. The first phase of this work is now complete with the occupancy of the new 180,000 square foot Cisco Building 6 which this year has received LEED AP Gold recognition.


“We are very proud of our new facility and continue to receive compliments from out employees, customers, and visitors. The facility is representative of our company’s culture, serving our business space requirements well, and helping our business prosper. Your creativity and design of this project has helped Cisco provide a new environment for our employees that your team and Cisco should be very proud of. Thank you for all of your firm’s efforts.”
– Lawrence Russell, Manager, Workplace Resources