Today’s headline story is a project review of one of the more substantial urban developments in the Bay Area. KT Urban plans to build a 1.8 million square foot office building at 280 Woz Way in downtown San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley. The project will bring two 297-foot conjoined towers, replacing a handful of single-family houses and extending the city’s burgeoning skyline further south.
Portland-based C2K Architecture is responsible for the design. The most notable feature for the two curtain wall-sealed structures are the three sky bridges. Besides that, vertical and horizontal pre-finished aluminum fins will serve as ornamentation of the two massings, while stone-clad columns at ground level make an additional aesthetic variation.
Of the 1,832,160 square feet produced, there is a total of 1,245,400 square feet of office space. The northern tower will contain 642,080 square feet, with 575,260 square feet in the southern tower. The three skybridges contain the remaining 28,060 square feet.
30,620 square feet will be kept as common open space, and the basement levels will bring 544,379 square feet of parking, for a total of 1,251 spaces. This marks an increase from the typically required 2,646 lots required, though both numbers are of monumental scale. 6,070 square feet of retail is added to invite the public on-site.
Full demolition of the approved site will remove sixteen residential units, all single-family housing. The structure at 541 Vine Street will remain untouched by the construction. Once complete, the house will be beside the parking garage entrance.
The parcel is buttressed by the intersection between I-280, its immediate neighbor, and the CA-87 freeway.
The development plan is still working its way through the City of San Jose, most recently put under review for Historic Review and Referral. A timeline for development and construction is not available.
An in case you are curious, yes, Woz Way is named after the engineer and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Mr. Wozniak is often affectionately referred to as the “Woz” by many.