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Art Meets Science to Inspire Innovation and Generate Amazing Experiences at Dolby's New Headquarters

Sep 30, 2015

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joins building dedication at 1275 Market Street

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) President and CEO Kevin Yeaman and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee today dedicated Dolby's new headquarters at 1275 Market Street. Located in the Mid-Market neighborhood, the building is a working lab, a vertical village and a place where art meets science in inspiring ways.

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"San Francisco has been our home for more than four decades," said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO, Dolby Laboratories. "When we decided to build a new, bigger headquarters to accommodate our growth, we took the opportunity to create a space that embodies who we are and what we do and empowers our staff to do their best work. We're proud to be a member of the San Francisco community and a part of revitalizing Mid-Market. From this neighborhood, we plan to transform audio, video and voice experiences for the world."

"I'm excited to help dedicate this new chapter in Dolby's history and celebrate the transformation that is happening in our Central Market neighborhood," said Mayor Ed Lee. "Dolby is one of San Francisco's pioneering technology companies, and they have shown their commitment to improve our city and help our residents succeed. I can't wait to see what they develop next in their innovative new home in the heart of San Francisco."

#DOLBYHQ

Dolby's new headquarters is a state-of-the-art facility tailored to the needs of Dolby scientists and engineers. More than 100 laboratories encompassing 63,000 square feet help catalyze innovation in science, engineering and production. These spaces include:

  • Labs for research into human perception, sensory immersion and other fields
  • Mixing rooms for work in Dolby Audio™, Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision™
  • A recording studio with a mixing room
  • Playback rooms for quality assurance, content review and testing of audio and visual technologies, including laser projection
  • Living room and small cinema theatre rooms to mimic real-world contexts for testing and research
  • Support rooms, including facilities for prototyping, fabrication and assembly

The new Dolby headquarters features approximately 300,000 square feet of renovated space to house more than 750 employees and generate new opportunities for focus, exchange of ideas and work/life harmony. The building includes varied collaboration spaces with Dolby® Conference Phones and video conferencing, as well as sit/stand desks, a fitness center, a meditation room, a café and 18,000 square feet of open-air terraces.

#DOLBYART

Dolby's new headquarters features 36 art pieces throughout the building that are both inspired by our work and inspiring to our work. Artists were given three principles to guide their process: celebrate Dolby's past, look toward the future and reflect on Dolby's globally diverse culture. Each artist created a unique interpretation of this request, working in an artistic medium of choice to create stunning and thought-provoking installations. The installations vary from a literal interpretation of an early Dolby circuit board rendered in neon to an abstract expression of how musicians layer sound and an interactive piece that responds to the movement around it.

Dolby has documented the art installation process on the Dolby Lab Notes blog, and artists have shared their work on social media using #DolbyArt.

#DOLBYCARES

Dolby reaffirmed its commitment to the city of San Francisco with its community relations program dubbed Dolby Cares. Dolby Cares encourages and supports employee volunteerism and drives the company's overall giving and community involvement. The program has two areas of focus:

  • Educational efforts that inspire passion, excellence, and innovation in science and art
  • Collaborative efforts that address critical needs in the city of San Francisco and in Dolby's local communities around world

In the past year, Dolby's community engagement effort has provided grants to multiple San Francisco nonprofit organizations. In addition, Dolby volunteers have provided more than 2,000 hours of community service. Nearly 40 percent of Dolby employees have volunteered in at least one company-sponsored volunteer project.

In addition, to celebrate the dedication of 1275 Market Street, more than 400 Dolby employees volunteered 1,200 hours of service to 20 local organizations as part of Dolby's Care to Share Day on September 28.

"Dolby has been a great partner for us and is clearly committed to inspiring girls and young women to explore fields in science, technology, engineering and math," said Terri Winston, founder and executive director of Women's Audio Mission, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing women and girls in music production and the recording arts. "Not only have they provided support for our program for middle school girls and for our new recording studio, they have also hired WAM students for positions in their labs."

ABOUT DOLBY LABORATORIES

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home and at work. For more than 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please visit www.dolby.com.

Dolby, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio, Dolby Cinema, Dolby Vision, and the double-D symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. DLB-G

About Dolby's New Headquarters

A working lab, a vertical village and a place where art meets science in inspiring ways, 1275 Market Street embodies our purpose and powers our mission: to advance the science of sight and sound to create and enable spectacular experiences.

More than 100 labs encompass 63,000 square feet:

  • Critical labs for research into human perception, sensory immersion, neuroscience and other fields
  • Mixing rooms for work in Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision
  • Recording studio with a mixing room, and voice and drum isolation booths
  • Playback rooms for quality assurance, content review and testing of audio and visual technologies, including laser projection
  • Living room and small cinema theatre rooms to mimic real-world contexts for testing and research
  • Support rooms including facilities for prototyping, fabrication and assembly

Collaboration is enhanced among employees brought together in approximately 300,000 square feet of renovated space:

  • More than 750 employees in a single place, with floors organized by group
  • Work spaces to welcome global employees to the headquarters
  • Varied collaboration spaces with Dolby® Conference Phones and video conferencing

The innovative work environment is based on workplace science:

  • Sit/stand desks, fitness center, and yoga and meditation room
  • Café and healthy snacks
  • Full life programs for health, finance, career and more
  • 18,000 square feet of open-air terraces

The building is located in the center of San Francisco, where the city's vibrant art and technology communities come together.

The 36 art pieces throughout the building are inspired by our work and inspiring to our work:

  • The works present creative approaches to perception and to Dolby engineering.
  • The art project will be taken to global offices as well.

The 1275 Gallery, a dynamic lobby area, showcases our captivating experiences to the city and to visitors.

A new Dolby Cinema™, featuring Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision technologies, is being built with more than 200 seats. While not a commercial theatre, it will serve as a working lab to host local film events and to showcase our work.

About Dolby Art

Dolby's new headquarters at 1275 Market Street features artwork throughout the workspaces, including new pieces commissioned from artists from the Bay Area and around the world, and archival images from Dolby's past. The 36 art pieces are inspired by our work and are an inspiration for innovations to come.

From its earliest days, Dolby has been a place where science and art meet. Our mission is to advance the science of sight and sound to create and enable spectacular experiences, and artists have always been important partners in that work. Because of that heritage, it made sense to have beautiful and thought-provoking works of art next to cutting-edge research labs in our new headquarters.

The Dolby art collaboration has three guiding principles: to celebrate our past, look toward the future and reflect our company's globally diverse culture. Twenty artists created new installations that reflect their interpretations of sight and sound and of Dolby's history and technology. The artwork also features historical imagery from the Dolby archives and inspirational quotes and stories from our company's history. The ribbon wall of digital displays in the first-floor 1275 Gallery will showcase new artists throughout the year.

Among the new art installations are these unique pieces:

  • An early Dolby circuit board rendered in neon by Oakland artist Shawna Peterson
  • A famous quote from the music mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap: "You don't do heavy metal in Dobly," colorfully reproduced by Berlin graphic artist Stefán Kjartansson
  • An interactive work from Studio Studio of Brooklyn that changes color based on the movement of people around it

Featured Artists

   

 

Because We Can (Oakland, CA)

Rob Lowe (London, United Kingdom)

Kate Bingaman-Burt (Portland, OR)

Brett MacFadden (San Francisco, CA)

Derek Bruno (Atlanta, GA)

Trek Matthews (Chicago, IL)

Kevin Byrd (San Francisco, CA)

Shawna Peterson (Oakland, CA)

Siggi Eggertson (Berlin, Germany)

Paolo Salvagione (San Francisco, CA)

Amos Goldbaum (San Francisco, CA)

Taylor Lee Shepherd (New Orleans, LA)

Staci Janik (Atlanta, GA)

Spencer Sloan (Atlanta, GA)

Stefán Kjartansson (Atlanta, GA)

Nikki Starz (Atlanta, GA)

Jason Kofke (Atlanta, GA)

Studio Studio (Brooklyn, NY)

Farbod Kokabi (Atlanta, GA)

Drew Tyndell (Portland, OR)

 

About Dolby Cares

Through the Dolby Cares program, we strive to inspire the next generation of innovators in science and art, and we actively engage with our neighbors to address the most critical needs in our community.

Dolby Cares focuses on areas that are tied to our corporate mission and critical to our neighborhood:

  • Science, art and innovation—educational efforts that inspire the next generation of innovators in science and art, focusing on untapped groups
  • Critical community needs—neighborhood outreach that helps break the cycle of poverty through educational opportunities and job training, especially in the Tenderloin and Mid-Market neighborhoods

During the past year, Dolby and Dolby employees have made significant contributions to improving the local community:

  • Dolby funded more than half a million dollars in grants to San Francisco nonprofits.
  • Dolby volunteers provided more than 2,000 hours of service.
  • Nearly 40 percent of employees volunteered in at least one company-sponsored volunteer project.
  • To celebrate our new headquarters, more than 400 Dolby employees volunteered for nearly 20 local organizations during Dolby's Care to Share Day, September 28.

Dolby works with many outstanding philanthropic partners, including:

  • Women's Audio Mission: advances women and girls in music production and the recording arts
  • St. Anthony Foundation: feeds, heals, shelters, clothes and lifts the spirits of those in need
  • Bay Area Women's and Children's Center: addresses the needs and issues of low-income families, children and women in the Tenderloin
  • Tenderloin Community School: combines kindergarten through fifth grade in a public elementary school, with community resources located right on the school complex
  • 826 Valencia: supports underresourced students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills
  • Alzheimer's Association: works to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through advancing research; provides and enhances care for all affected
  • Family Giving Tree: fulfills holiday wishes and provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need
  • Curry Senior Center: helps meet seniors' essential needs for health care, meals, housing and social connections
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation: provides affordable housing and services for low-income people in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco
  • Code Tenderloin: provides job search, interview training and resources to young adult members of the Tenderloin community

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dolby Laboratories
Jennifer Bowcock, 415-558-0140
jennifer.bowcock@dolby.com
Sean Durkin, 415-645-5176
sean.durkin@dolby.com

Source: Dolby Laboratories

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