September 2017 Development Services Construction Updates

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The Development Services Department strives to update those interested in private construction in the City of Palo Alto.  The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to give the reader construction-related updates on the largest projects that are visible by the public; such as new commercial, multi-use buildings and new subdivisions.  The following projects are currently in either plan review or under construction. This newsletter provides a description of work, shares a recent picture of the site or rendering, and provides an estimate from our inspection staff of when the construction activity on the site might conclude.  The majority of these projects replace or improve existing buildings. Brief details about the previous structure are included at the bottom of each project description.  For a more comprehensive list of projects going through building and planning review throughout the city visit  Please direct any questions to the Development Services Director




Dr. Peter Pirnejad
Director, Development Services Department

3170 Porter

3170 Porter

New 2-story core and shell commercial building 98,000 square feet with below grade parking 75,000 square feet.

Currently, Both the Core Shell & the TI are nearing completion. The Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has issued and the project is just finishing up the last few punch list items.

This project is approximately  99.5% complete.

636 Waverley

This project is a new 10,299 square foot, 4-story mixed-use building with a 20 space parking garage. The commercial space will be located on the ground floor.  Residential units will be on the upper two floors. Office space on level 2.

Currently, some Ti work of finishes continues on the 3rd floor. Occupant is in the process of obtaining a TCO. Some additional requirements are need from planning, building & fire.

The project is approximately 97% complete. 

This project replaces an existing building of approximately 1316 sf.

636 Waverley

300 Pasteur - Stanford Parking Garage

300 Pateur

This project is a new 5-level parking garage that includes an auditorium at the roof level.  Two of the five levels of parking are located below grade with 970 parking spaces.

Currently,  progress of additional requirements @ stairs #2,3,4,5,6 and work at level P3 exit path pavers and deck framing retro-fitting.

The project is approximately 99.7% complete.

This does not replace existing building sf.

500 University Ave

This project consists of a new three story office/retail building with occupied roof deck and two split levels of below grade parking with 62 parking spaces.

Currently, The final installation of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing components is complete, Commissioning of all mechanical equipment and finishing touches of  exterior landscape are near completion.  

The core and shell are approximately  95% complete.  The tenant improvements are 95% complete. This tenant is in the process of applying for TCO.

500 University Avenue

1501 California: Mayfield California Ave Multi Family

This project consists of two condominium buildings, a fitness building 1720 square feet, a community building 2700 square feet, and 68 new homes. Condo Building 1 contains 58 units 116,356 square feet and Condo Building 2 contains 54 new units 122,817 square feet.  The project also includes site utilities and about 4000 linear feet of retaining walls throughout the development. 

Currently, Building 1, given the new address of 2500 Columbia Street, has been granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Final inspections are expected to be resolved by or in November.  Building 2 exterior finishes are better than 95%, while the interiors are getting finishes started soon. Both buildings are solar ready.

Percentage of Project Completed: Project progress: Building 1 is at 99%; Building 2 is at 85%.

1501 California Multi

1501 California: Mayfield California Ave Single Family Detached

1501 California Single

This project consists of two condominium buildings, a fitness building 1720 square feet, a community building 2700 square feet, and 68 new homes. Condo Building 1 contains 58 units 116,356 square feet and Condo Building 2 contains 54 new units 122,817 square feet.  The project also includes site utilities and about 4000 linear feet of retaining walls throughout the development.

Currently:  Of the 68 single family dwellings, there are 10 duplex-type residences.  Phase 1, consisting of 9 houses, are complete.  Phase 2 consists of 10 houses and are complete.  Phase 3 has 9 houses, and are preparing for Final.  They should be completed in late September 2017.  Phase 4, which includes 6 houses, is nearing rough inspections on all trades.  Completion of Phase 4 is expected March 2018.  Phase 5 has its foundations.  Phase 6 and 7 are roughly graded.   To date, those remaining 26 lots have yet to begin construction, and activity is expected through 2018.  The retaining walls are partially complete, and are constructed in tandem with development of other lots.  The Community Building roof is complete and is now in the interior rough stage, with completion in late December 2017.  The swimming pool structure is complete, and finishes are underway.  The Fitness Building begins its finishes in October and should be ready to occupy in that same month. Site utilities are still in progress, also performed ahead of other activities on site.  Streets are about 60% paved.

Percentage of Project Completed: Utilities/roads: 75%; retaining walls: 70%.  Phase 1: 100%, Phase 2: 100%, Phase 3: 99%.  The Fitness Building is 75%, and the Community Building is 70%.  The Swimming Pool is 70%.  There are 26 lots that have not started any construction.

908 Arastradero Road - VMware CSG Building

This is a new 2-story commercial structure with approximately 100,000 square feet of office space with a gym.

 Currently, working on parameter steel stud framing, and drying in the structure with most of the roof now water tight, Some trades work has taken shape such as Plumbing, Mechanical & Fire Sprinklers.

The project is approximately 48% complete. 

908 Arastradero

1450 Page Mill

1450 Page Mill Road

This project is a new 77,634 square foot, 2-story mixed-use building with 41,260 square foot below ground parking.

Currently: The project is completed and trying to recruit a tenant.  Until then, there are no plans for tenant improvement of the interior.

1050 Page Mill

Office park consisting of four, two-story office buildings, with existing buildings being replaced, one of which includes a cafeteria.  One of the original buildings remains in use by employees during construction.   Each of the four buildings are similar in scope and design, occupying between  46,000 and 55,000 square feet each, with underground parking.  Campus tenant is Machine Zone, a developer  of massively multiplayer online gaming.

Currently, the existing Building 1 remains in use, and will be demolished at a later date.  Buildings 2 & 3 are under construction, in close proximity to each other on campus and on schedule.  Both have completed roofs, and exterior glazing is complete.  All of the framing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and drywall has been completed in the core areas.  Site infrastructure is in progress.  Exterior coverings are nearly complete.  Tenant improvement construction is in progress for both Bldg. 2 and 3.  Buildings 1 & 4 have not started.  

The project is approximately 25% complete. 

1050 PMR

3421 Hillview Avenue - VMware HTG Building

3241 Hillview

This is a new 2-story commercial structure with approximately 86,000 square feet of office space with a commercial kitchen.

Currently: All concrete work for structure is now complete. Currently installing parameter steel stud framing of structure only. Some additional site work has been completed such as Utilities & Storm drains.

The project is approximately 39% complete.

2555 Park Blvd

A new 23,853 square foot, 3-story LEED Silver office building with covered surface parking at grade and one level of machine parking below grade.  The project will park 82 cars on site and provide Caltrain GoPasses for eligible full time employees for the life of the building through a Transportation Demand Management program.

Currently:  The under ground vertical walls and columns at garage level are complete.  Structural steel for P.T. deck installed.  Preparing to pour concrete for P.T. slab.

The project is approximately 15% complete. 

2555 Park

425 Page Mill Road

441 PageMill

Construction of a new  3-story mixed use building (71,075 sf) with one level of underground parking. Retail on the first floor, offices on the second floor, and sixteen apartments on the second and third floors.  There are 91 onsite parking spaces: 34 at grade and 57 in the parking garage.

Currently: secant walls are in place and most of the dirt haul off for the basement parking structure has taken place.

This project is approximately 4% complete.

2747 Park Blvd

Construction of a new 3-story office building (33,323 SF) with one level of underground parking (11,839 SF). There are 134 onsite parking spaces: 108 at grade and 26 in the parking garage.

Currently: all structural steel is in place. Pan decking in mostly in place. Basement walls and slab are in place. Most utility laterals are all in place and some curb gutter work is in progress.

This project is approximately 18% complete.

2747 Park Blvd

3181 Porter Drive

3181 Porter Dr

Stanford redevelopment project includes construction of new 2-story commercial building 99,578 sf with basement parking 86,548 sf.  Proposed project has 248 below grade parking and 78 spaces at grade.  The project replaces 3 commercial structures located at 3181, 3221 and 3215 Porter Dr.  The construction permit is in plan check and demo permits issued. 

Currently: The parking garage is currently under construction. Some site work has been completed also some of the utilities have already been modified for this new structure.

This project is approximately 5% complete.

240 Pasteur

New Stanford biomedical innovation building (BMI) includes new research laboratory building for Stanford university school of medicine. The structure is a 4-story above grade (202,450 sf) and 1 below (35,098 sf).

Currently: some site work is under progress rerouting of utilities. Formation of a tunnel from the building adjacent to this proposed building is under way.

The project is approximately 1% complete.

240 Pasteur


3225 El Camino Real

3225 ECR

Two new commercial buildings (connected by a walkway)above a podium parking garage. "Building A" is a 4-story mixed use building (27,226 sf) with retail on the first floor (7,098 sf), four (4) apartments on the second floor (6,034 sf total), and four (4) two story condos on the 3rd and 4th floors (10,069 sf total). "Building B" is a 2-story commercial building (4,886 sf) with retail on the first floor (2,265 sf) and office on the second floor (2,265 sf), the podium parking garage (24,030 sf) is one level of underground parking. Office and retail spaces are submitted as a cold shell and the residential units are fully built out.

Project is in plan check with 4 of 8 departments approved.