May 7, 2013by debbieheinze

A new office campus is underway in San Jose, Calif. with the unveiling of THE Campus, a completely redesigned four-building, 250,000-square-foot office project by Bixby Land Company. The Orange County, Calif.-based developer has started construction on a modern office complex with clean exterior lines and abundant outdoor amenities. Bixby expects construction to be completed by year-end.

THE Campus is aimed squarely at progressive companies seeking engaging and amenity-rich work environments in order to attract and retain top talent. The project offer s a high quality work lifestyle and a sense of place that transcends conventional office design.

“THE Campus takes the concept of modern work spaces to a whole new level,” said Bill Halford, president and CEO of Bixby Land Company. “We have designed this project with a distinctive environment that incorporates collaborative interior spaces with abundant outdoor amenities.”

A key element of THE Campus is the free-flowing circulation between building interiors and outside areas, established through full-height windows and featuring overhead doors that reveal interior work spaces to the signature Bixby Retreat™, a sweeping assemblage of inviting outdoor communal areas for informal meetings, collaboration, team building, dining and recreation.

“We think that given the choice, people would much rather be able to work outdoors and have immediate access to a pleasing outdoor environment,” said Halford. “The California climate lends itself to a year-round outdoor lifestyle, and we want to give companies the opportunity for their employees to work where they are inspired and more productive.”

Contemporary outdoor spaces welcome tenants with couch seating areas, fire pits, an outdoor gourmet kitchen, dining areas and more. Native, eco-friendly landscaping and calming waterscape features create the ambiance of a private park. Recreational options such as a bocce ball court, an outdoor exercise deck and a yoga area encourage a healthy work/life balance at the project.

“THE Campus offers far and away the latest in office campus design and amenities,” said Rob Shannon, senior vice president at CBRE. “This concept works especially well in Silicon Valley, where there are numerous firms that appreciate high quality office environments.”

Bixby’s latest project can accommodate a 90,000-square-foot tenant in one building or a 135,000-square-foot, two-building user, providing either tenant with its own dedicated outdoor amenities area. THE Campus is also suitable for one 235,000-square-foot tenant in all three buildings. A fourth building with approximately 15,000 square feet is currently leased.

Significant exterior reconstruction is underway to create attractive building elevations with appealing lines. The buildings include a mix of single-and two-story structures, and are being upgraded with high quality exteriors, glazing, new roofs, mechanical systems, spacious lobbies, restrooms and functional interiors.

THE Campus is centrally located at 375, 397, 399 and 441 W. Trimble Road in San Jose, at the northwest corner of Trimble Road and Orchard Parkway. The project is adjacent to San Jose’s North 1st Street Corridor, within one block of light rail access and less than one mile from Highway 101. Bixby Land acquired this project in October 2012 in a venture with Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, who acted on behalf of an institutional client .

THE Campus represents the third major office park repositioning by Bixby in the Silicon Valley in the past year, and the fourth in California. Bixby delivered a highly acclaimed office campus renovation in Santa Clara, Calif. in May 2012, leasing the entire project at completion to Infoblox and garnering the 2012 Best Rehab/Reuse Award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Bixby followed that success with the June 2012 completion of a three-building office campus on River Oaks Parkway in San Jose, leasing the entire 165,000-square-foot project to Nimble Storage in April 2013. In Los Angeles, Bixby has also purchased a five-story building in the El Segundo market that it is redesigning .

“We are in the middle of an exciting shift in the way developers create work environments to meet the dynamic needs of today’s workforce,” added Halford. “Office designs are evolving in highly creative ways as technology and work trends reshape the manner in which business is conducted.”

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