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IBM Somers Office Complex

IBM Somers Office Complex
Regional headquarters
General information
Type Corporate Offices
Architectural style Modernist
Location Somers, NY
Construction started July 1984
Completed October 1989[1]
Cost $55 million
Owner IBM
Other dimensions 750 acres (3.0 km2; 1.17 sq mi)
Technical details
Floor area 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect I. M. Pei
Architecture firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

The IBM Somers Office Complex is a complex of five office buildings owned and occupied by IBM in Somers, New York, United States.[2] Situated on a 730-acre (3.0 km2) campus, I.M. Pei designed pyramid of glass structures house regional headquarters for the IBM corporation.[3] Described as a "futuristic fortress", the 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) complex is an example of modernist architecture.[4]


  • Layout 1
  • History 2
    • Somers Songsters 2.1
    • Awards 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


USGS satellite view
Viewed from above, one can see the four main buildings and the central service building atop a hill. Each is in the shape of a triangle and is topped with a pyramid of glass.[2][5] The buildings are located on a campus of 730 acres (3.0 km2) and in total contain 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of office space. The plant is still entirely owned by IBM and houses approximately 2,000 employees in divisions such as Global Services, Software, and the Systems and Technology Group.[4][6]


View from plaza
The complex was originally conceived in 1983 following the successful approval of the PepsiCo corporate campus nearby, after an invitation from the supervisor of Somers, Wayne Van Tassell to visit the town.[7] Constructed between 1984 and 1989, the $55 million complex facilitated the consolidation of 3,000 employees previously located in various facilities in the surrounding area.[8] Despite initial complaints of excessive water usage and light pollution, the complex has remained a major business location in the Somers area.[7][9]

Somers Songsters

In 2003, Somers Songsters recorded the "IBM One Hundred Percent Club" song, to the tune of "I've Been Working On The Railroad", for the archives at the Somers complex as part of the IBM music reference room effort.[10]


In 1990 the Somers complex was given IEEE Corporate Innovation Recognition for:

For the development of the multilayer ceramic thermal conduction module for high performance computers.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "IBM Office Building Complex". Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  2. ^ a b Morgan, Timothy (2003-09-22). "It's Time for an iSeries BladeCenter". IT Jungle. Guild Companies. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  3. ^ Oser, Alan (1983-07-10). "Somers Complex Adapts to Times". NYT. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  4. ^ a b Steinberg, Jacques (1992-12-17). "At an I.B.M. Complex, Fear and Disbelief". NYT. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  5. ^ Lammers, David (1999-07-30). "IBM sets its sights on communications silicon". United Business Media. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Possible job cuts at IBM's Sommers campus". Westchester County Business Journal. 1999-10-18. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  7. ^ a b Foderaro, Lisa (1989-12-05). "Town Copes With Growth And Trouble It Can Bring". NYT. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  8. ^ McCain, Mark (1987-07-12). "Commercial Property: Westchester Offices; 20% Vacancy Casts a Pall in Once-Booming Suburb". NYT. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  9. ^ Foderaro, Lisa (1989-04-05). "To many in North Salem, Skyglow Has No Romance". NYT. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  10. ^ "IBM One Hundred Percent Club". IBM. 2003-04-28. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  11. ^ "IEEE Corporate Innovation Recognition Recipients". IEEE. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
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