Burlingame Point Property

Burlingame, CA

The Burlingame Point project aims to transform a former deserted drive-in theater, with impervious surfaces and vegetation, into a new 767,000ft2 Class A office and R&D campus with panoramic views of San Francisco bay, San Francisco, and the extended mountain background beyond. Our team is providing integrated engineering services for the office buildings which are designed as warm shell, with a ground floor lobby, elevators, stairs and base building restrooms.

Located within close proximity to downtown Burlingame and SFO with an accomodating shuttle service to Caltrain and BART – the new campus provides easy access and downtown links to the surrounding city and peninsula.

Challenge

The amenity building is approved as a standalone core and shell with complete interiors build-out for a program consisting of a day care, sports club, conference hall restaurant, coffee shop and food court. Designing the core and shell of the building meant that there were less opportunities to implement sustainable strategies, as you can only control the base build – this is particularly true with energy performance.

Burlingame Point
Transforming a former deserted drive-in theater, into a new Class A office and R&D campus with panoramic views of San Francisco bay. Image: DOUG AND WOLF/courtesy of Gensler

Solution

Our team, in response to this, optimized the mechanical central plant to improve the base building energy use. The team also recommended that tenant guidelines include requirements such as reducing lighting power densities 10% below California Title 24 levels.

This will further reduce energy consumption, and allow the client to perform submetering of tenant utilities. The design utilises dual plumbing for future recycled water use, low flow fixtures to reduce potable water use, drought tolerant landscaping, and storm water management with infiltration through bio retention areas.

As a standalone core and shell with complete interiors build-out for a multi-purpose program. Image: PLANKTON/courtesy of Gensler

Value

Upon completion, this new destination will provide best in quality workplaces and a highly sustainable campus that is striving for LEED gold certification.

This new destination will provide best in quality workplaces and a highly sustainable campus. Image: MIR/courtesy of Gensler

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