By Meghan Hall
One of the Bay Area’s largest developers is moving forward with marketing one of its latest projects. At the beginning of April, The Sobrato Organization revealed plans for Warm Springs Station, a 677,160 square foot office and development complex located just off of Warm Springs Boulevard and Reliance Way, adjacent to BART in Fremont.
Designed by Arc Tec, Inc., the development will include four Class A office buildings at 142,150 square feet each. The buildings will feature 35,980 square foot floor plates, 17-foot clear heights and floor-to-ceiling glass. Each office building will come equipped with a boardroom, two conference rooms, a break room, coffee and collaboration spaces. Plans account for about 151 square feet per person, meaning that the office portion of the development could accommodate more than 3,700 employees.
In addition, the development will include a 108,560 square foot high-tech manufacturing building with 32-foot clear heights. The building can be adapted from one large tenant to several smaller ones, if need be. An integrated amenity building total more than 14,000 square feet is also dictated in project plans. Large, landscaped community plazas at the corners of the development will drive pedestrian traffic through the project site to the adjacent Warm Springs BART station.
“With 22 acres at the Warm Springs BART station, we have the ability to deliver a dynamic new campus with flexible phasing and design,” said Chase Lyman, vice president of Sobrato in an emailed statement to The Registry.
The project was originally approved by the Fremont City Council in June of 2017, according to public documents. When Sobrato submitted its plans, the 22-acre parcel was one of the last major undeveloped pieces of land in the Warm Springs and South Fremont Community Area Plan.
The campus upon its completion will be part of a growing number of projects currently in the works in Fremont and the East Bay. Toll Brothers is in the process of developing more than 1,000 residential units and retail within the vicinity of the development. Tesla is planning an expansion which could include up to an additional 4.5 million square feet of office on the other side of the BART line, while Lennar’s Innovation Way project is expected to add another 2,200 residential units. Valley Oak Partners is also planning 325,000 square feet of retail and 785 residential units off of Auto Mall Parkway, and further west, Pacific Commons South and Pacific Commons Industrial Center will add up to 1.7 million square feet and 816,000 square feet of industrial space, respectively.
Craig Fordyce, Mark Maguire, Dave Sandlin and Edward Hofer, of Colliers International, have been tasked with marketing the property for lease.
The project will be completed in several phases: Buildings One and Two, which will total 284,610 square feet and sit at the center of the project, will be constructed first. Phase Two will include the entire industrial building, and Phase Three will include the final office buildings, each the same size as Phase One.
To date, The Sobrato Organization has developed nearly 21.5 million square feet of office, research and development and multifamily projects, and its current real estate portfolio includes 7.5 million square feet of office and R&D, along with 30 multifamily communities.