Hewlett Packard Enterprise Reverses Months-Long Decision to Locate in Santa Clara, Picks San Jose Instead

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By Vladimir Bosanac

Months after Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that it would be moving its corporate headquarters to Santa Clara from Palo Alto, the company made a decision instead that San Jose is a better bet.

In a statement made in November of 2017, the company proclaimed that its transformation into a smaller enterprise gave it an opportunity to consolidate its Silicon Valley real estate and create a setting that would better meet the needs of its operations. The plan was to sell its Palo Alto property and relocate its employees to the the company’s state-of-the-art HPE Aruba offices in Santa Clara, which would become the new global headquarters.

Today, however, Foster City-based Steelwave announced that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. just full leased 220,000 square feet at America Center 2 in San Jose located at 6220 & 6280 America Center Drive. This location will effectively serve as the company’s new global headquarters.

America Center 2 is a newly constructed project, completed in January of 2018. The project features two 6-story buildings of approximately 220,761 square feet, plus a 16,477-square-foot amenity building. The 13-acre site has unobstructed San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley views and is surrounded by an open space preserve, with access to jogging and bike trails, according to a statement by Steelwave.

The LEED certified GOLD and Energy Star rated buildings have modern expansive lobbies featuring Nana sliding doors, natural stone, wood paneling, glass walls, high-end furnishings and an abundance of natural light, according to a statement from the companies. One of the standout features is the View Dynamic Glass that creates ‘intelligent’ windows that maximize natural light and unobstructed views while reducing heat and glare, through the use of automatically adjusted or user-specified tint levels.

Other attributes in the area include four new hotels—open or under construction within half a mile of the project, and the soon-to-open (2018) new Milpitas BART station located seven miles away.

The project is jointly owned by Steelwave and USAA Real Estate.

America Center 2 recently named Cushman & Wakefield as the new commercial leasing agent for the property in December of 2017. Commercial office leasing activities will be led by Executive Managing Directors, Jeff Cushman, Mike Connor, and Senior Director, Scott Dever.