SAN JOSE – Eye of a dramatic new office tower in downtown San Jose, a skyscraper decorated with elements that incorporate security features and amenities for the coronavirus era.
The 20-story tower built by a group led by JP DiNapoli Cos. Developing would be on Almaden Boulevard between Post Street and West San Fernando Streets and is expected to appeal to tech companies seeking a transit location.
“We are excited to introduce another world class office tower project in this emerging area on Almaden Boulevard,” said John DiNapoli, President of JP DiNapoli Cos.
The new high-rise, designed by Gensler, a leading architectural firm, would have a total area of 781,000 square feet and include six terraces for gatherings, recreation and dining in a select location in downtown San Jose.
“The design emphasizes quality outdoor access and an enhanced human experience,” said Daniel Glaessl, design director at Gensler San Jose.
The development site for the office tower is located next to a long-standing telecommunications center of the telephone company at 50 Almaden Boulevard. The office tower would rise in a parking lot.
DiNapoli Cos. Paid $ 35.65 million through subsidiary Sequoia Del Rey to purchase the property in December 2019. County documents show the seller was AT&T entity Pacific Bell. Steve Horton, vice chairman of the commercial real estate company Cushman & Wakefield, arranged the transaction.
“Gensler employed several post-pandemic design strategies that advance the idea of creating a space that can quickly adapt to the changing expectations of the people who will be using that space,” said Glaessl.
One of the features of the building from the time of the coronavirus is an extremely flexible and contact-free entrance area in which several tenant lobbies can be accommodated.
Connecting stairs in a tenant’s room and access to fresh air through outdoor areas are also offered. In addition, it is expected that a combination of central and decentralized building systems will enable flexible ventilation and new air filtration.
According to Gensler, the striking bronze facade of the new tower consists of large triangular slats. In addition to the view of downtown San Jose, the tower also offers views of the San Francisco Bay and the mountain. Hamilton.
“It’s great to see the standards of architecture continue to rise with each new proposed project,” said Bob Staedler, managing director of Silicon Valley Synergy, a land use consultancy. “Gensler showed a great design that we should all appreciate.”
A few blocks away, Google is planning a transit-oriented neighborhood with offices, apartments, shops, restaurants and hotels, where the search giant is expected to employ up to 25,000 people in a development called Downtown West.
Down the street is Jay Paul Co. under construction with a new office tower at 200 Park Ave.
Also nearby, Jay Paul is preparing a massive redevelopment of CityView Plaza and is planning a major redesign of the aging complex so that it can be reborn as a modern tech campus on the corner of Almaden Boulevard and Park Avenue.
Around the corner, Adobe is under construction of a new office tower that will dramatically expand the tech titan’s downtown San Jose campus with three high-rise buildings at 333 W. San Fernando St.
“We believe the building’s design will be a great addition to a vibrant and growing downtown San Jose,” said DiNapoli.