68,000 SQFT Office/Lab Project Pitched for Redwood City Parcel

Meta, 1200 Marsh Road, DES Architects + Engineers, The Tan Group,, Redwood City
DES Architects + Engineers

By Meghan Hall

An underutilized parcel near a number of major firms in Redwood City could be getting a refresh in the coming years. Plans filed with the City show that Palo Alto, Calif.-based The Tan Group plans to build a 68,000 square foot office/lab project at 1200 Marsh Rd. The plans were filed at the end of January but have yet to be deemed complete.

“We are very early in the review process with the Redwood City Planning Department and have been reaching out to our neighbors and community leaders of the Friendly Acres Neighborhood Association to introduce the concept and gather feedback,” explained Jeff Gilman, of Tan Canaan LLC. “We believe this is an exciting opportunity that supports Redwood City’s emergence as a world-class destination for Life Science companies advancing breakthroughs in health, wellness and longevity.”

Currently, the 2.23-acre site is developed with an existing, one-story building that was previously leased to AT&T. The building would be demolished in order to make way for the new project, which will include two stories of office and R&D over ground level parking. The project will total 68,000 square feet, with 32,100 square feet of research and development space, plus an additional 32,100 square feet of office. Project plans also indicate that the lobby will total 1,500 square feet. 193 parking spaces, plus 20 bicycle spots, are also planned.

“The aim is to create an office and research building with a high level of design and flexibility, functionally designed for a single-tenant or [multiple] tenants,” the project’s planning application states. “The other design goal is to create high quality architecture that will attract life science tenants and create the balance between economic and ecological sustainability.” 

The building will be designed by DES Architects + Engineers and seeks to take advantage of the uniquely-shaped development site. The project will have a simple, box-like massing with “horizontal character” in the form of a band of windows. A roof overhang will also enhance the building’s length through a roof overhang. To contrast these elements, the building lobby and entrance will provide a break in the massing and elements of a smaller scale that relate to nearby residential development. A significant setback along Marsh Road will provide an additional buffer between any housing and the project itself.

The materials palette will be a mix of industrial and traditional. Project documents maintain that the scheme will still be “well-balanced,” featuring a mix of stone, glass, metal and plaster. Stone colonnades will create a regular rhythm and a home for fill-in glass, while textured aluminum soffits will enhance the horizontal nature of the massing.

The project is located off of Highway 101 near a number of major tech and life sciences-oriented employers, including Meta, MPK, Abbott and others.

The project has several steps to take before construction. Redwood City has yet to deem the application complete, and it is currently reviewing the project for compliance with environmental standards. From there, public hearings will take place before a final decision is made. Timing for the project’s finalization and construction was not clear from public documents.

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