SteelWave Seeks Approval for Final Phase of America Center Project in San Jose

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By Jacob Bourne

A public review period has begun for the Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for Phase III of the America Center project in Northern San Jose. The comment period ends on July 27 to be followed by Planning Commission and City Council hearings, though the dates aren’t yet confirmed. The project’s developer, SteelWave, has been working with LRG Architecture, BKF Engineers and landscape architect Carducci & Associates Inc. throughout the planning process.

“They had submitted the application in October 2015,” stated Lea Simvoulakis, project manager. “A community meeting and scoping meeting was held on October 11 last year. The next step is to schedule the hearings with the goal of going to the Planning Commission in August and City Council in September.”

America Center is 70.5-acre campus offering office, R&D and retail space just north of Highway 237 at the end Great America Parkway within the Alviso Master Plan area. The development is touted as offering an unparalleled combination of accessible Class A office space, scenic views and competitive amenities. Phase I at 6001 America Center Drive is complete offering two LEED Gold Class A office buildings surrounded by an open space preserve with nature trails.

Construction is already underway for Phase II of the project, adding another two office buildings totaling 457,450 square feet with numerous amenities such as a sports court, fitness center, cafe and entertainment center. Phase III would deliver the fifth and final office building at just under 200,000 square feet, for a full campus buildout of 1.1 million square feet. The building would reach 90 feet in height and utilize an expanded parking garage shared with the other America Center buildings.

“Right now the goal is to get it approved,” said Steve Dunn, senior managing director, SteelWave. “It’ll provide more space for users and result in a larger campus. The floor plates for building five are slightly smaller due to height constraints; they’ll be 33,000 square foot floor plates. The design and amenities are consistent with the rest of America Center, complementing the campus and making it a bit bigger to meet the demand in Silicon Valley.”

Buildings three and four, part of Phase II, are located at 6220 and 6280 America Center Drive, and are anticipated for Q3 2017 delivery. The floor plates are slightly larger than building five at 36,795 square feet. Amenities include a roof deck, and other outdoor areas such as dining, a presentation theater and collaborative meeting areas.

“It’s a premier site and there aren’t many locations like it,” commented Phil Mahoney, vice chairman, Newmark Cornish & Carey. “It has unprecedented views of the Bay with access to the services and amenities at Great America. The buildings feature View Dynamic Glass and are state-of-the art in terms of amenities. It’s a great project for one to five tenants; the demand is definitely there for the fifth building with the growing tech sector.”

The America Center development is situated in a block of land between Highway 237 and the Bay. The modern Aloft Hotel Santa Clara occupies a long stretch of America Center Court. There are also a number of other hotels in the greater vicinity, Levi’s Stadium, California’s Great America and Intel Museum. The project is in close proximity to several bus routes and the Lick Mill light rail station. Both the Lawrence and Sunnyvale Caltrain stations are about five miles from America Center and an AC Shuttle amenity will provide connectivity for employees who use transit for their commute.

Pending confirmation of the Planning Commission and City Council hearings, there is no estimated date set for ground breaking on Phase III.