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Old August 18th, 2006, 01:57 AM   #81
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Just came accross this and it's the first time I've heard mention of it. It appears the new construction will be along San Fernando St. Anyone know anything else?



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SRM Associates is the development consultant for a mixed-use redevelopment project located on the University's main campus in downtown San Jose. This unique project will combine university classroom and office facilities with commercial office space. The master plan calls for 5 buildings, ranging from 8 to 17 stories, having a total of 1.8 million square feet of commercial office space, and 570,000 square feet of space for classroom and faculty offices. In addition to the economic benefits to the university, there will be a symbiotic relationship in these buildings, bringing the academic and business communities together, essentially creating a 'vertical business and research park' on campus.
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Google comesthrough again... Unfortunatley, looks like old news:

SJSU Plans Ambitious Campus Project

Published Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, in the San Jose Mercury News

BY BECKY BARTINDALE


In a bid to capitalize on its valuable downtown location, San Jose State University hopes to build a novel -- and immense -- new development that combines academic uses on the lower floors with 1 million square feet of private office space above.

The ambitious undertaking on the northwestern corner of the campus would produce one of downtown's largest office complexes, second only to the Adobe Systems' corporate headquarters seven blocks to the west, where construction on a planned third tower is expected to begin this year.

Creating state-of-the-art academic space for students, faculty and staff members is one of the driving ideas behind the conceptual proposal university President Robert Caret plans to present to a committee of California State University trustees in Long Beach today. As California's oldest public university, he said, San Jose State's need to modernize its aging campus far exceeds the level of funding the state is likely to provide in the next decade.

Caret likens the proposed office project to a vertical research park, a high-density, high-rise development that would transform the look and feel of one of the oldest parts of the campus.

Many universities have developed low-rise research parks with varying degrees of success. But they're rarely located in the thick of a university, in the heart of a city, in active combination with classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices.

The project's $250 million to $380 million cost, combined with a $375 million to $425 million housing project that the campus also has proposed, could add up to a large debt for San Jose State. Together, the two projects come close to the 23-campus CSU system's current $736 million debt level.

To pay for the projects, the proposal calls for the non-profit Spartan Shops Inc. -- one of the university's auxiliary organizations -- to issue bonds for construction of a complex of office and classroom buildings on 5.5 acres as well as the housing project on the southwest corner of the campus. Caret also will seek trustees' conceptual approval today for replacing most of the existing dorms on that land with higher density units, doubling the supply of on-campus

housing for students and creating temporary living space for faculty and staff members.

After the debt is paid off in 20 or 30 years, the university would have the option of taking over the office space itself.

``We're doing it for ourselves, by ourselves,'' Caret said. ``We're not asking the state for money. We're not taking bond money from other campuses. We're not asking anyone else to pay the debt.''

Counting on demand

The university is banking on high demand for office space continuing downtown, creating a project that is so successful it will throw off revenue for future campus improvements after the bonds are paid off.

Land values in Silicon Valley are so high, Caret said, it makes possible projects of a scope that would be unimaginable for most other universities.

``We can become a very high-quality facility for students, faculty and staff, and we can do it ourselves using the economy in the valley for the betterment of the campus,'' he said.

The office project would become part of the growing eastern edge of San Jose's downtown. It would flank the $174 million city-university library now under construction at Fourth and San Fernando streets and face the proposed new City Hall.

One-fifth of the 1.25 million-square-foot project, or 250,000 square feet, would be devoted to academic use.

``As downtown grows toward us, it creates interesting opportunities to think about integrating the campus more with the city and commercial world,'' said Don

Kassing, vice president for administration and the university's chief financial officer.

Caret said he hopes to attract a high-tech company that could provide excellent research and internship opportunities for faculty members and students. The offices would not have to be leased to a high-tech firm, he added, ``but we prefer a company where there could be strong research and educational links so faculty and students can benefit.''

The idea has many pluses, Caret said, but it also involves a very large debt, which trustees ultimately may not want the university system to take on.

``Whenever you have debt, you have risk,'' he said, ``But we think we can limit risk so significantly it will be a project we just can't not do.''

If the full board of trustees gives first approval Wednesday, the university would like to move the project forward as quickly as possible.

But what happens ultimately will depend on the economy, Kassing acknowledged. ``If we get into the market and see people are hesitating, we'd sit back and wait,'' he said. ``But we want to introduce our idea.''

Developer chosen

The university has developed its proposal with the help of several consultants who specialize in bond financing and real estate development. It already has picked a developer -- SRM Associates of Alameda, whose projects include campuses for Zhone Technologies and Lucent Technologies, the mixed-use University Circle in East Palo Alto and Marina Village business park in Alameda.

``I think there's a certain appeal to some types of users to be in or near a university,'' said Mark Ritchie, president of Ritchie Commercial, a downtown real estate brokerage. For a project of that size, the university would need one very large tenant, he said. Ritchie also noted there still is a considerable amount of available

land elsewhere downtown for office development.

The project would require demolition of several older buildings: Hugh Gillis Hall, the University Theatre, Dudley Moorhead Hall and the Administration Building fronting San Fernando Street, and the old Science Building on Fourth Street.

One of the biggest challenges would be relocating the University Theatre. One of the first steps the university contemplates is building a new theater arts complex including a 400-seat full-stage theater, television studios and possibly an art gallery. The current thinking is that the best location would be a vacant lot across from the Events Center.

That proposal wins accolades from Robert Milnes, director of the university's School of Art and Design.

``It would make the performing arts part of the greater university and city communities rather than hidden jewels in the departments,'' Milnes said. And since the project would be privately financed, ``it's an opportunity to make an architecturally interesting building.''

No alarm bells

Unlike the shared library, which set off alarm bells on campus, the office-classroom proposal generally has been well-received, said Mary Jo Gorney-Moreno.

``I think faculty are really excited about the possibility of having wonderful, modern, technology-efficient classrooms,'' Gorney-Moreno said. ``We're also hoping it gives us office space.'' In some faculty offices, professors are doubled or tripled up.

Kassing said he knows there will be some concerns about the project, both on and off campus. Traffic congestion is likely to be an issue, as will how the development fits in with the city's strategic plan for downtown development.

``We will be very sensitive to what the city is trying to accomplish and thoughtful to our neighbors,'' Kassing said.

Caret views the office and housing developments as going hand in hand with the growth of the downtown -- a rebirth for both the campus and the city's urban center.

Contact Becky Bartindale at [email protected] or (408) 920-5459.
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Hmm, some pretty nice-looking projects here!
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Old August 18th, 2006, 04:42 AM   #85
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In the future
Buildings will be transparent (and invisible for Stealth Mode) and palm trees will shoot laser beams at eachother. And please, don't forget the virtual sofas in the middle of the street!!
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People shall no longer be subject to the chore of walking, virtual 2-dimensional avatars of ourselves will do that for us. And from now on, all streets will have a welcoming arc, which is also transparant and rainbow-colored.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 07:01 AM   #87
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Haha. Yeah, now that you mention it, its like the Sims on acid.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #88
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The main pattern in the designs seems to be robotic palm trees and lots of useless neon objects strewn about the sidewalks and streets.

I can't wait for my avatar to go to work for me while I laze about
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This pair gives a whole new meaning to the word "wutsamattawityaface?"
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 08:23 PM   #91
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The San Jose Supersonics?




NBA team still on S.J. agenda
SHARKS OWNERS WANT COUNCIL'S HELP UPGRADING ARENA
By David Pollak
Mercury News


To most of the basketball world, any effort to bring another NBA team to the Bay Area is a desperation heave from beyond midcourt.

But Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment -- owner of the Sharks and manager of HP Pavilion -- seems to think otherwise.

Last month, SVSE reportedly teamed with Larry Ellison, founder of Redwood City software giant Oracle, in an unsuccessful attempt to buy the Seattle SuperSonics with an eye toward moving the franchise to the South Bay. Today, SVSE plans to ask the San Jose City Council to authorize a study that would, among other things, look into what arena changes would be required to accommodate an NBA team at San Jose's 13-year-old downtown arena.

``If you're not prepared and if something were to come up, you're really in trouble,'' said Greg Jamison, SVSE's chief executive officer. ``We want to be prepared in the event that possibly an NBA team becomes available.''

Any talk of an NBA franchise for San Jose usually begins and ends with the fact that the Golden State Warriors play in a refurbished Oakland Arena only 36 miles from HP Pavilion. A majority of the league's 30 owners would have to approve a move to the South Bay, and strong opposition from the Warriors is a given.

``I am not in the business of telling cities how to do their business,'' Warriors President Robert Rowell said Monday. ``However, I am sure there are better ways they can spend the taxpayers' dollar than on this project.''

Jamison says he isn't dissuaded by the naysayers.

``Everybody has a different opinion what the viability of this is,'' he said. ``At this point in time, I believe very strongly that it's a good thing for us to do this.''

Jamison, who worked in the front office of two NBA franchises before coming to the Sharks in 1993, acknowledged in February that he was having conversations with SuperSonics President Wally Walker. At the time, the Seattle franchise's owners were frustrated in their inability to get a new arena.

``This was a dialogue that may or may not go anywhere,'' Jamison said at the time. ``Cities are used as stalking horses. We know that happens. We could be in that position.''

The Sonics ownership group, headed by Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, did put the franchise on the market and sold it July 18 to a group of Oklahoma City investors for $350 million.

According to the Seattle Times, there were initially two bidders from Silicon Valley who merged their efforts at the last minute. That paper and others identified one as Ellison; the other was not named, but sources in San Jose said it was SVSE.

Newspaper reports indicated that the joint San Jose bid for the Sonics was $425 million, but the lower offer was chosen because it was more straightforward and the Oklahoma City group was willing to give Seattle a year to come up with a new building.

Much of the San Jose bid remains a mystery. Jamison would not talk on the record about any role SVSE might have had in the Seattle negotiations; efforts to contact Ellison were unsuccessful.

Ellison's involvement in sports has been centered on yachting; between his interests in Seattle and a recent effort to buy an NFL franchise, he could be looking for new roles at 61.

``Life is short,'' Ellison told Forbes magazine recently. ``I'm not going to spend every minute of it at Oracle.''

It's highly unlikely Ellison -- or anyone else -- will spend even a minute watching the NBA in San Jose, according to Rowell.

``We are the NBA team in the Bay Area and we will continue to be the NBA team in the Bay Area,'' Rowell said. He said 16 percent of the Warriors' season-ticket base comes from the South Bay and that the percentage of overall tickets sold is higher.

The Warriors already share Northern California with the Sacramento Kings. That franchise is in the middle of a struggle to get a new arena, but Jamison brushed off the idea the San Jose situation has any connection to that.

Conversations took place in the mid-1990s about moving the Warriors to San Jose, but those talks ended when the decision was made to upgrade Oakland Arena.

HP Pavilion did serve as the team's home for the 1996-97 season, while renovations were taking place in Oakland. Still, as the permanent home of an NBA team, modifications would be required.

A new locker room, similar in furnishings to the one used by the Sharks, would have to be constructed, Jamison said. Lower bowl seats might have to be reconfigured.

Eventually, an NBA team might want an on-site practice facility.

The money to look into the needed changes would come from the $87,500 the city receives this year as its share of the money Comerica Bank is paying SVSE for naming rights to the arena's club section. The bank signed a four-year, $700,000 contract in April, and the money is expected to be split evenly between the city and SVSE.

Under terms of the arena management contract between the city and SVSE, both parties are to begin contributing to an ``enhancement fund'' for building improvements in 2008. The Sharks and city staff, however, will ask to begin the program two years early.

In addition to the NBA study, the money would be used to identify improvements needed to keep HP Pavilion up to the same standards as more modern buildings. The first three items on SVSE's wish list are a new video scoreboard, an upgraded sound system and the ribbon-like electric panels on the face of the upper bowl that give motion to advertising and information displays.

``We want the building to be technologically advanced,'' Jamison said, ``because we're in a valley that believes in technology.''
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Just came accross this and it's the first time I've heard mention of it. It appears the new construction will be along San Fernando St. Anyone know anything else?



San Jose State University

SRM Associates is the development consultant for a mixed-use redevelopment project located on the University's main campus in downtown San Jose. This unique project will combine university classroom and office facilities with commercial office space. The master plan calls for 5 buildings, ranging from 8 to 17 stories, having a total of 1.8 million square feet of commercial office space, and 570,000 square feet of space for classroom and faculty offices. In addition to the economic benefits to the university, there will be a symbiotic relationship in these buildings, bringing the academic and business communities together, essentially creating a 'vertical business and research park' on campus.
This is a pretty old news. The plan came out in the mid 90's while I was still attending the school. Nothing has happened on the this front yet.
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Well I know y'all are saying the SJSU plan is old but it seems odd the render would portray such an accurate image of the new City Hall. That's what threw me off and made me think it was a recent development. Too bad it never materialized.
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I'm not sure its totally dead, either. If State, like other developers, is waiting for the office market to get better, then I assume its only a matter of time until the plan goes forward. In fact, I understand the office market is clawing its way back to life in SJ.

Its a great idea, along the lines of the hybrid SJSU/SJ library and the proposed SJMA/Convention Center merger.

I go to grad school at State, I'll ask around.
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hmm..

so umm...we should get the SJRA and the Downtown Association aware of our existence. They could also provide us with updates on the skyscrapers and downtown retail development. SJ Supersonics...hah!
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Haha. The few, the proud, the obsessed with buildings!

BTW, we're approaching our 100th post --and the SF/Oakland thread just only passed 50! Haha! We should celebrate.
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so umm...we should get the SJRA and the Downtown Association aware of our existence.
From what I've seen here we're the ones with the vision. We should supplant the SJRA and the SJDA!!!

Also: came accross this site yesterday...again.
www.sanjose.com/underbelly
The "El Dorado St" section is especially good reading.
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High-rise housing status UPDATE

One South Market nad the Gateway Tower are additions. I am especially curious about the Vancouveresque Gateway Tower in SoFA since they will be fitting an awful lot of units on a very small footprint. Will this mean small (read: affordable) units?

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Not to mention that every male will look like they took a couple Viagra Pills.

The futuristic scenario looks pretty cool. Not sure if everything will look the way it is in the pictures, but good luck.
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Old August 29th, 2006, 02:51 AM   #100
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Yea, if anything, San Jose could really be the place to be if they lit the city up bright at night. Lights attract people like flys... I know that sounds pretty sad, but it's true. When I was in Vegas everything was happenin' all the time cuz the city was alive with lights and music. The city is actually doing a lot better than I remember from last time I was down there. But still, more could be done.

San Jose could become the Bay area's playground.
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