Walnut Creek, CA (March 28, 2018) – Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) has announced the relocation of Cerus and Homebridge Financial Services, Inc. to 1200 Concord, a recently repositioned and rebranded property located in the city of Concord. Owned by Sierra Pacific Properties, Inc (SPPI), 1200 Concord is part of Concord Airport Plaza which also includes 1220 Concord. The two-building, six-story, class A office buildings total approximately 360,000 square feet.
NKF’s Executive Managing Director Breck Lutz and Senior Managing Director Alex Grell represented the landlord SPPI in the 65,092-square-foot, 11-year lease with Cerus Corporation, a company focused in the field of blood transfusion safety. Cerus’ INTERCEPT Blood Systems is designed to inactivate pathogens like bacteria, HIV, hepatitis and Zika virus in transfused blood components.
“We are pleased to be staying in the city of Concord where the company was founded over 25 years ago. Concord’s central East Bay location allows us to recruit from a great pool of talent in the region,” said William “Obi” Greenman, Cerus’ president and chief executive officer. “In addition, the new lease allows us to consolidate our existing facilities under one roof as the company grows.”
NKF also represented the landlord in a 3,597-square foot lease with HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc., one of the largest privately-held, non-bank lenders in the U.S.
The longest tenured and largest office landlord in Concord, SPPI developed the 600,000-square-foot 10-story Concord Gateway Towers, the 230,000-square-foot 10 story Metroplex, and the 150,000-square-foot North Pointe Tech Centre prior to its purchase of the former Concord Airport Plaza in February of 2017. SPPI rebranded Concord Airport Plaza as 1200 Concord and is pursuing a multi-million dollar transformation of the property. SPPI is headquartered in Concord and developed its first office buildings more than 30 years ago. The firm remains bullish on the region and plans on holding 1200 Concord, along with its other office properties for years to come.
SPPI is now working with renowned architect Aston Pereira on a significant lobby renovation for 1200 Concord utilizing imported Italian marble, adding a tenant conference center with a separate break-out room and adjacent exterior patio meeting area. SPPI is also adding a new tenant fitness center featuring interactive cardio machines, strength stations, free weights, and stretching areas with adjacent showers. California water efficient planting is being incorporated into the landscape and the center fountain courtyard will include tenant activity and collaboration areas. New signage monuments will also adorn the entries.
According to NKF, both tenants were drawn to 1200 Concord for many reasons including the renovation and rebranding. “These extensive and tenant-driven renovations complement the property’s already outstanding location and reflect the owner’s commitment to the region,” said Lutz. “Moreover, since Cerus is a Concord-based company, the move makes it possible for them to remain in Concord, gain greater efficiencies for their team, and plan for their future growth.
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