Bay Area Future Buildings-- Apple's new "spaceship" campus and Oakland's Coliseum City

Rendering of Apple Campus 2, Image Courtesy of Apple

The Bay Area has two up-and-coming building projects that will be quite the spectacle once they are finished. The first--Apple's new headquarters--promises to be the next home for the company for decades to come. The second, a planned massive redevelopment of East Oakland, Calif. called Coliseum City, claims to be the largest transit-oriented development project in California.

A "green" Apple campus

The late Steve Jobs had a vision for Apple's new headquarters, and about two and a half years later, this vision is coming to life as the Cupertino City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday Oct. 15 to allow the company to get to work on this project. The main four-story circular building (called Apple Campus 2) will be 2.8 million square feet and accommodate up to 12,000 employees.

Why You Should Really Consider Transit-Oriented Development

San Francisco, Image Courtesy of Steve Morgan, Wikimedia Commons

Let us face it...people are moving away (literally) from the idea of suburbs. Many Americans, especially young people, want to live where they can easily get to work, and have access to local hotspots and businesses. Therefore the idea of transit-oriented development (TOD) is very appealing because development near a transit station offers a mix of housing, employment, retail, and transportation choices.

"TOD is development located within a quarter-to half-mile radius of a transit station that offers housing, employment, shopping, and transportation choices within a neighborhood or business district." (EPA, Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program, in a report called "Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development".

Accessibility to public transit can lower household costs for families by giving them an alternative to driving, and it can give people more access to jobs throughout the region.

News Round-up: What's New in San Francisco Development and Real Estate

Image courtesy of flickr, Sue1454

The real estate market in San Francisco is booming.

San Francisco Business Times reports "What glut? Renters flock to new S.F. apartment towers," as about 1500 new apartments have become available over the last two months. These apartments, located from Mission Bay to Central Market to the Mission, have rents hitting $4.50 a square foot, or higher. So far, there have been enough renters to go around. For example, phase two of Trinity Properties' 1,800-unit Central Market Street development has from 60-72% occupancy across the different towers. Employees from tech firms in the Bay Area, including companies such as Twitter, Yammer, One Kings Lane, Google, and Yahoo, are providing about 30 percent of renters at Trinity.

5 Reasons Why You Should Build in Fremont

Artist's rendering of downtown Fremont; Image courtesy of the City of Fremont

1. Because the City of Fremont wants you to

Downtown Vision

Consider it an open invitation to you, from the City of Fremont. The City has a vision to build a vibrant downtown with new businesses and development, and to reward you, they have lowered the development impact fee by 50% for the downtown area (10% reduction in impact fees citywide), and they only collect impact fees at the time of occupancy, rather than at the time of building permit issuance. The Fremont Downtown Community Plan is focused on the area of approximately 110 acres that is located in central Fremont and bounded by Fremont Boulevard, Mowry Avenue, Paseo Padre Parkway, and Walnut Avenue.

The top 3 ways to make a building "green"

SF Green BuildingGreen is the color of the grass, some people's favorite color, and the color when you look at light between the wavelengths of about 520 and 570 nanometers.  When we talk about the process of "green" building, we are talking about using environmentally responsible and resource-efficient practices when we build something.

This requires everyone's cooperation on the team, including the architects and designers, the civil and structural engineers, the developers, and the clients. Ultimately, the concept of "green" building extends throughout the life-cycle of a building, from site planning, to design construction, through renovation, and ultimately to demolition.

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