The IBM Almaden Research Center occupies 40 acres of a 690-acre tract in the foothills southwest of San Jose. This 538,000 sq. ft. research facility consists of one major building and two small structures. Buildings along the main spine contain the employee entries, main lobby, auditorium, computer facility, machine shops, lab management offices, central plant and cafeteria. The functions are spread along a “Main Street” to encourage interaction and chance meetings. 24-inch wide cable trays interconnect all portions of the building. This flexible system placed above accessible ceilings allows for the installation/renovation of universal wire connections, including co-axial, fiber optics, telephones, and systems of the future. This project was completed by Martin Gicklhorn while employed by MBT Architecture.