A Selection of Signature Projects

We have learned that there is no substitute for good partners.

We have been blessed to have such capable and honorable partners as; Steve Meckfessel of SRM Associates, Joe Ernst of Ernst Development Partners, the Principals of Pacific Coast Capital Partners, the design team at FME Architects, the design team at Senty Architecture Studio, the engineering team at Tipping Structural Engineers and Ned Pike of The Pike Company to name just a few. The following projects could not have been accomplished as successfully without our partners.

Ascend Communications/Lucent Technologies, Alameda, CA (Phase I)

  • Strategic planning, site selection, development/construction management and financing.
  • Developed a six-building, 385,000-square-foot, headquarters campus working with over 75 team members including; consultants, agencies, city officials, subcontractors, utility companies, lender and legal.
  • Assisted in other domestic and international expansion.

Ascend Communications/Lucent Technologies, Alameda, CA (Phase II)

  • A few years later purchased the campus after Lucent Technologies acquired Ascend and implemented a profitable repositioning strategy.

Cost Plus World Market Headquarters, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA

  • Strategic planning, site selection, renovation to suit, long-term lease.
  • Purchased and renovated this 60,000-square-foot office building then leased it back to Cost Plus on a long-term basis.
  • Performed on an open-book basis and resulted in a very favorable tenant-oriented long-term lease on land with very compelling long-term investment value.
  • In 2016 we sold this asset and traded into a portfolio of legacy assets.
Zhone Technologies

Zhone Technologies, Oakland, CA

  • Strategic planning, site selection, development/construction management and financing.
  • Developed a 180,000-square-foot, high-visibility headquarters campus for this leading-edge networking-equipment technology firm.
  • Worked with the City of Oakland and the Oakland Redevelopment Agency to process the entitlements for this project in less than three months.
  • Recognized by the San Francisco Business Times for architectural excellence (design by FME Architects).

2020 Milvia, Berkeley, CA

  • Capitalized on a unique opportunity to purchase a 41,000-square-foot office building in the central business district of Berkeley, CA.
  • Implemented a successful investment strategy over 10 years and ultimately sold the property.
  • This investment also benefited from the ownership’s long-term positive working relationship with Bank of Alameda.

The Waterfront at Harbor Bay Business Park, Alameda, CA

  • A 100-acre portion of an institutional quality business park which was reintroduced in 2003.
  • Built substantial marketing and development momentum.
  • Results include a diverse occupant base and more stable real-estate values.
  • Notable build-to-suit projects which the team has implemented within the park include: Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Ettore Products, The Cheese Works, Allergy Research Group, Donsuemor, Zephyr Ventilation Hoods, The North Face, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc..

Oaks Business Park, Livermore, CA

  • Developed the infrastructure for this 140-acre business and technology park.
  • Performed one build to suit, sold out first phase of land and ultimately sold the project.

2001 Broadway, Oakland, CA

  • 64,000-square-foot historic renovation.
  • Creative reuse of historic, art deco former I. Magnin building into a light and open office environment.
  • All aspects of development, leasing, financing and management performed in conjunction with SRM Associates.
  • Sold the project in 2013 on favorable terms.

2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA

  • Acquired 148,000-square-foot, 13-story office building.
  • $7 million capital-improvement upgrade (seismic, life safety, elevator) completed in 2001.
  • Includes 612 car parking garage.
  • Prime downtown Berkeley location above the downtown Berkeley BART station.
  • Currently own and manage with our private equity partners.
3011 Triad

Tri-Valley Technology Campus, 3011-3077 Triad Drive, Livermore, CA

  • Reposition and sale.
  • Performed structural upgrade and capital upgrades while managing the asset and preparing for eventual sale for our institutional client.

Tri-Valley Technology Park, Lots 9&10, Livermore, CA

  • Development feasibility, marketing and sale.
  • We established a development strategy for our institutional client.  When the client opted not to assume development risk we assisted in the marketing and eventual sale to a developer.

Tri-Valley Technology Park, Lot 17, Livermore, CA

  • Development feasibility, marketing and sale.
  • Established a development strategy for our institutional client which ultimately led to the sale of the site to a user.
  • The sale was consummated in a very difficult real-estate market.

Flint Ink, Fourth and Gilman Streets, Berkeley, CA

  • Consulting to corporate owner/user.
  • One of several assignments in which a large corporate user desired to relocate their manufacturing operations and optimize the value of their under-zoned property prior to sale.
  • Commenced necessary entitlements to sell for the property’s highest and best offer.

Key tenants include:

  • Intel
  • Chase
  • Wespac
  • Starkey Hearing Labs
  • Randstad
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • Matthews International
  • ION Systems, Inc.
  • Unisys
  • Regents of the University of California
  • State Farm
  • 16500
  • MPR Associates
  • BART
  • Metro PCS
  • Fiserv Solutions, Inc
  • Volunteers of America
  • United States Government
  • Tully’s Coffee
  • Photo Sciences, Inc.
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • GMO, LLC
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Nextel of California, Inc.
  • Embarcadero Systems Corporation