Renzo Piano to Design San Ramon City Center at Bishop Ranch

Renzo Piano, San Ramon,Sunset Development Company , BCV Architects, Commercial Real Estate News

Sunset Development Company to present plans to San Ramon City Council & Planning Commission for 26-acre mixed-use project at Bishop Ranch

SAN RAMON, Calif. (June 3, 2014) — Sunset Development Company (SDC), developer, owner and manager of Bishop Ranch,has engaged world-renowned architect Renzo Piano to design the Plaza District portion of the entitled City Center project in San Ramon.

Renzo Piano, San Ramon,Sunset Development Company , BCV Architects, Commercial Real Estate NewsCity Center will include, retail, office, residential and hospitality elements. The first phase of the project will be a 350,000 square foot retail component. The plan calls for a movie theatre, a variety of dining options, first class retail and community services. The project will have approximately 70 tenants upon opening, which is planned for late 2016. Subsequent phases include 479 residential units, a 169 room hotel and four new office buildings totaling 800,000 square feet.

“We are delighted that Renzo Piano agreed to design City Center. The design and execution of the project will set it apart from other mixed-use developments,” said Alexander Mehran Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of Sunset Development Company. “It will provide a needed and vital combination of amenities for Bishop Ranch customers, the community of San Ramon and the entire region.”

CityCenter_camera_3SDC will be presenting its most recent plans for City Center at a public meeting of the San Ramon City Council on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road in San Ramon.  The public is invited to attend this meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Piano’s firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), has designed numerous projects around the world including The New York Times building in New York City; Central St. Giles Court and London Bridge Tower in London; and, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, completed in 2008.

“City Center will begin the next chapter in the broadening scope of lifestyle opportunities at Bishop Ranch – an environment which will combine the energy and amenities of living in a major city with the advantages of suburban living,” Mehran added. “Our goal is to build a beautifully designed, enduring neighborhood for the entire region.”

Selected by TIME in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Renzo Piano has received numerous awards and recognitions, including: the Golden Compass Award in Milan (1981), the Royal Gold Medal at the RIBA in London (1989), the Kyoto Prize in Kyoto, Japan (1990), the Neutral Prize in Pomona, California (1991), the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO (1994), the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo, Japan (1995), the Erasmus Prize in Amsterdam (1995), the Pritzker Architecture Prize at the White House in Washington (1998), the Leone d’oro alla carriera in Venice (2000), the Gold Medal of Italian architecture in Milan (2003), the Gold Medal AIA in Washington,(2008) and the Sonning Prize in Copenhagen (2009).

“The project is entirely conceived around a generous piazza surrounded by six pavilions of varying sizes,” said Renzo Piano. “All of the pavilions have a direct relation to the piazza and each of them contributes to animate it.”

According to Piano, the Piazza is a “social hub.” The idea is to have three generations of people walking around, finding their place, meeting people. To achieve that, an open-air theatre is designed for concerts, outdoor projections or any type of civic event or meeting. Nature is present in both the form of a grove and adjacent clearing with a significant number of trees as well as a water mirror and greenscape equipped with a playground for kids. During the winter season an ice skating rink will be installed.

“The City Center is a porous, permeable urban architectural composition. Inside is open and oriented to the piazza, and with the same force and conviction, the outside is open to its surrounds,” added Antonio Belvedere, partner at RPBW. “A good presence of restaurants, café terraces and shopping opportunities together with culture, music and nature will create a true authentic vitalized City Center for San Ramon.”

City Center is designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with the San Francisco based firm of BCV Architects.

About Bishop Ranch
Established in 1978 by Sunset Development Company, Bishop Ranch is a 585-acre mixed-use business community comprised of 10 million square feet. More than 600 of the world’s leading companies, innovative startups, and medical and dental practitioners make their home in the thriving professional business community of Bishop Ranch. The recipient of many awards including The Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence, Bishop Ranch is home to many Global 2000 companies, including AT&T, Chevron, General Electric, Toyota, Bank of the West and Wells Fargo.

About Renzo Piano Building Workshop
The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) is an international architectural practice with offices in Paris, Genoa and New York City. The Workshop is led by 14 partners, including founder and Pritzker Prize laureate, architect Renzo Piano.

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