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Western Digital R&D Media Tool Relocation
San Jose, CA
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Western Digital R&D Media Tool Relocation

Over 200 complex equipment relocations for installation in 60,000 s.f. of renovations that included creation of cleanrooms, wet and dry labs, and office space.


San Jose, CA


Western Digital Inc.


CAS Architects, Inc.


60,000 s.f.



Market Sector

Advanced Technology

Delivery Method

Construction Management At Risk (CMAR)

XL coordinated tool relocation and 60,000 s.f. of tenant improvements within an occupied 300,000 s.f. building for a Western Digital division. XL demolished existing Class E space, then constructed new class 10, class 100, class 1,000, and class 10K cleanrooms; wet and dry laboratories; and office space. The project included over 200 tool relocations from other client sites to the new cleanrooms. XL provided detailed tool coordination, complex phasing, and logistics planning to decommission the tools per City of San Jose requirements and package, ship, install, and seismically anchor the tools in their final location. An aggressive design and construction schedule was developed during preconstruction. XL achieved the project schedule by procuring long-lead equipment items early. XL also built a state-of-the-art VESDA fire alarm and flammable gas monitoring system. The project was delivered in six phases.

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The Galileo project to relocate an entire Western Digital Media process…was a very difficult task. The XL team was clearly able to handle the task and dealt quickly and expeditiously with all issues that developed along the way. The XL team was always available and provided a quick response at all hours of the day.

Arne Hendrickson
Senior Director REO Facilities, Western Digital

XL Construction was truly a collaborative partner; working with us in a cost effective, efficient and quality construction project.
Our goal from the business side was to consolidate two large R&D centers with minimum disruption to on-going development activities and of course, with minimum costs.
We had to remove some surplus tools, construct new clean room and relocate tools from the other building.
Pilot-lines in both buildings were still operating during construction and equipment relocation.
All of our tools are very delicate high tech equipment, from ultra-high vacuum deposition tools to super-sensitive hard disk testers.
XL team temporary isolated the areas, construct new clean room and install tools without impacting the operation right next to it.
When we encounter a potential problem or we wanted pull in the schedule, XL project managers quickly gathered the team to come up with a solution and executed it with flawlessly.
XL team’s commitment to the success of our project was evident every day in their collaborative nature with all members of the project team, proactive approach to challenges, laser-focus on safety and quality, and their clear, consistent and timely communication.

Tatsaru Tanaka
Director of Equipment Engineering, Western Digital

I’ve known Michael for a few years having worked closely with him on a $55M site to site consolidation project.
Michael’s insight and expertise in project management is paramount to the success of this project.
Michael and the XL construction team have exceeded expectations and I would recommend them highly.

Matthew Hendrickson
Principal Engineer, Real Estate Operations, Western Digital

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