San Jose and Irvine, Calif. – March 19, 2014 – In just ten months, Bixby Land Company has transformed a four-building office park in San Jose, Calif. into a contemporary work environment that is now ready for occupancy. The firm has finished construction on THE Campus, a completely redesigned 250,000‑square-foot office project that sets a new benchmark for companies seeking a vibrant, amenity-rich work place in Silicon Valley.
“THE Campus has exceeded everyone’s expectations with a vision that turns a deaf ear to conventional office development,” said Bill Halford, president and CEO of Bixby Land Company. “This project offers a distinctive identity for companies that want an energetic and collaborative place to call home.”
One of the elements that distinguish THE Campus is the free-flowing circulation between building interiors and beautifully appointed outside areas, something that is becoming a hallmark of Bixby office developments. This is achieved through full-height windows and overhead doors that reveal interior work spaces to the signature Bixby Retreat™, a sweeping assemblage of inviting outdoor communal areas for informal meetings, collaboration, team building, dining and recreation.
Studio G Architects of Campbell, Calif. is credited with designing the project, which was led by architect Kelly Simcox.
Bixby’s attention to the lifestyle needs of today’s companies has come to define the firm’s office development strategy. In the case of THE Campus, this includes stylish amenities that more closely resemble the ambiance of a boutique luxury hotel than an office building. Couch seating areas, fire pits, an outdoor gourmet kitchen and outdoor dining areas differentiate THE Campus. Native, eco-friendly landscaping and calming waterscape provide a tranquil setting, while recreational options such as a bocce ball court, outdoor exercise deck and yoga area encourage a healthy work/life balance.
“The California climate lends itself to a year-round outdoor lifestyle, and we want to give companies the opportunity for their employees to work where they are inspired and more productive,” added Halford. “If a company is looking for a project with an amenity package on steroids, this is the place.”
“We’re seeing more and more tenant requirements that want top-flight amenities in order to attract and retain the best talent in the Valley,” said Rob Shannon, senior vice president at CBRE. Shannon and fellow CBRE brokers Christian Marent and Vincent Scott represent THE Campus.
The flexible building configuration at THE Campus is designed for one or two tenants, each with its own designated outdoor amenities area. The project can accommodate companies requiring approximately 90,000 square feet, 135,000 square feet, or 235,000 square feet. A fourth building with approximately 15,000 square feet is currently leased.
THE Campus is located at the northwest corner of Trimble Road and Orchard Parkway, adjacent to San Jose’s North 1stStreet Corridor, within one block of VTA light rail access and less than one mile from Highway 101.
THE Campus represents the third major office park repositioning by Bixby in the Silicon Valley in the past two years. Bixby delivered a highly acclaimed office campus renovation in Santa Clara, Calif. in May 2012, leasing the project immediately upon completion to Infoblox and garnering the Best Rehab/Reuse Award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Bixby followed that success with a 165,000-square-foot office campus on River Oaks Parkway in San Jose that is now occupied by Nimble Storage.
In Los Angeles, Bixby is putting the finishing touches on a five-story office building redesign in El Segundo, and the firm has just purchased two Orange County office buildings that will be developed into contemporary multi-tenant office projects. Bixby is also under contract on a major office acquisition that it expects to announce later this month.
“Office designs have evolved in highly creative ways as technology and work trends reshape how business is conducted,” added Halford. “This is the most fun we’ve had in the development business in a long time.”