Sunset Development Partners with John Muir Health and Contra Costa Health Services as it Seeks to Help Reopen the Local Economy — Safely and Gradually
San Ramon, Calif., June 4, 2020 — Sunset Development Company announced today public health safety measures as it prepares to gradually welcome employees and visitors back to Bishop Ranch’s office properties and City Center Bishop Ranch, the popular retail, dining and entertainment destination.
Sunset is partnering with John Muir Health and Contra Costa Health Services to implement the safety measures, which include daily temperature checks and brief question-and-answer screenings at individual office buildings, as stay-at-home directives are gradually lifted and tenants look towards returning to Bishop Ranch. City Center is currently open for in-store retail with modifications, curbside pick-up, to-go services, with plans to reopen more broadly pending further guidance from Contra Costa County.
The measures have all been developed in accordance with the standards and guidelines for managing the COVID-19 response established by the Centers for Disease Control, State of California and Contra Costa County. They will be updated as necessary as the situation evolves.
“This program was created with one goal in mind — to protect the health and safety of all Bishop Ranch tenants and their employees as we begin the important task of reopening our local economy,” said Alex Mehran Jr., president and CEO of Sunset Development Company.
“We’re committed to operating safely, transparently and efficiently, and just as important, compassionately,” Mehran added. “The measures we’re implementing will help ensure their safety while at Bishop Ranch, and enable us to monitor and adapt our practices as necessary as the COVID-19 crisis evolves.
San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson lauded Sunset’s plans. “This is a very welcome and encouraging step as we seek to restore our community’s social, economic and recreational activities,” he said. “The safety measures being put in place will let businesses and their employees return to Bishop Ranch with confidence, once permitted.”
Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen, whose District 2 includes Bishop Ranch, said: “Our county and the City of San Ramon are fortunate to have a strong economic engine like we have in Bishop Ranch. I’m optimistic that, as businesses and their employees begin to return to their offices, our economies will recover quickly.”
The safety program encourages companies to continue to allow telework arrangements with their employees as feasible, and to welcome employees back to their offices gradually, in phases. The program also encourages companies to close common areas or, if they remain open, to enforce strict social distancing protocols.
As Bishop Ranch office buildings reopen, arriving employees and visitors will be asked to visit health-check stations that will be located at each property. Staff at screening and temperature check stations will have undergone a training developed with John Muir health care professionals who will take employees’ and guests’ temperatures using non-touch thermometers. Stations have been available at select Bishop Ranch office buildings since May 18, with the remainder being rolled out in June.
They’ll also be asked five brief questions to ascertain whether they are experiencing any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, fever, new cough or sore throat. Employees and visitors with normal-range temperatures who answer “no” to all four questions will receive a dated temperature and screening sticker to wear throughout the day.
Those with temperatures 100 and above or who answer “yes” to any of the screening questions will be encouraged to visit a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Bishop Ranch that Sunset is establishing through a partnership with Contra Costa Health Services. In addition, Sunset has partnered with DiaCarta, a Bay Area genomics and diagnostics company, to provide fast turnaround bulk testing at discounted rates for Bishop Ranch companies and their employees.
Bishop Ranch office tenants said the phased reopening plans were the correct approach as California businesses and their employees begin returning to their workplaces.
“Our entire team is eager to resume operations at our Bishop Ranch offices, and Sunset’s careful approach will make it possible for us to do so while being mindful of everyone’s safety,” said Diane Dietz, president and chief executive officer of Rodan + Fields, a premium skincare company. “We appreciate the measured, customer-centric focus of the plans for Bishop Ranch and their overarching goal to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.”
City Center Bishop Ranch guests won’t be required to visit a health station to enter the center; however, individual merchants have the option of mandating health checks before guests are allowed inside their stores or restaurants.
Sunset officials have shared the program plans with Bishop Ranch office tenants and City Center merchants. “They’re on board and excited at the prospect of welcoming their employees and customers back to Bishop Ranch,” Mehran said.
Sunset is taking additional measures at individual buildings throughout Bishop Ranch. Among them:
- Increased janitorial services for high-touch services
- A rapid response team for disinfection of any exposed spaces
- Individually packaged in-office meal delivery service prepared by screened staff and distance-dining in Bishop Ranch cafes
- Signage outlining social distancing guidelines
- Extending office cubicle partitions where needed
- Daily disposable covers for desks, conference room and dining tables.
About Bishop Ranch
Bishop Ranch is home to 30,000 employees at over 600 companies in more than 30 industries, including many Fortune 500 companies. Tenants include AT&T, Chevron, IBM, Rodan + Fields, PG&E, GE Digital, Robert Half, SAP, BlackBerry, Bank of the West, Toyota and Berkshire Hathaway, to name a few. Bishop Ranch offers flexibility for the changing demands of companies large and small, and its tenants occupy spaces from 150 square feet to more than 1 million square feet.
Employees at Bishop Ranch enjoy a fully amenitized and connected campus with a wide range of on-site services, including award-winning transportation programs, professional seminars and networking opportunities, health and wellness activities, lakeside dining and boats, bocce ball and volleyball courts, a coffee and wine bar, gourmet food trucks, cafes and a weekly farmers market. Roundhouse Market and Conference Center features 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting and conference room space. Additionally, The Dorris-Eaton School provides kindergarten-to-eighth grade education and Bright Horizons offers high-quality childcare and early education.
City Center Bishop Ranch provides a game-changing urban amenity at the Bishop Ranch campus. Designed by Renzo Piano, in collaboration with BAR Architects, City Center offers a distinctive collection of dining, retail and entertainment experiences. THE LOT, a luxury 10-screen cinema experience and dining destination, and Equinox San Ramon, a luxury fitness gym featuring world-class personal trainers, group fitness classes, and spas, anchor the project. Notable restaurants include The Slanted Door, acclaimed modern-Vietnamese cuisine from Charles Phan, and Fieldwork Brewing Company, the popular East Bay-based craft brewery.