The City of Oakland and Strada Investment Group are closing on a deal for leasing 520 11th Street in Downtown Oakland, Alameda County. The 0.86-acre property is entitled to become the future ten-story addition to Samuel Merritt University. The project was approved this summer.
The progress between the developer and the city was first reported by Sarah Klearman for the San Francisco Business Times. The two are expected to sign the agreement before the end of the year.
The 167-foot tall project will create 225,000 square feet above a below-grade 21-car garage and a 1,900-square-foot cafe. The interiors will include traditional classrooms, specialty laboratories, workspaces, and collaboration rooms.
Samuel Merritt University is an Oakland-based private university founded in 1909 and currently has 1,600 enrolled students. According to the project application, “The proposed tower at Oakland City Center is designed to be the home and new main campus of Samuel Merritt University, a health sciences university educating highly skilled healthcare practitioners to positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities.” SMU is headquartered at 3100 Telegraph Avenue and is affiliated with Sutter Health Network and Alta Bates Summit Medical center.
Perkins+Will is the project architect. The exterior design is oriented around its curtain-wall-wrapped facade, with terraces splitting the massing and articulating the overall scale. The glass system will be accented with wood composite panels, cast-in-place concrete, and metal panels.
EinwillerKuehl, an Oakland-based firm, is the landscape architect. The involvement includes an arrival plaza facing 12th Street, which will use durable urban greenery and medicinal plants to highlight the links between people and the ecosystem.
Luk & Associates is responsible for civil engineering, with Tipping Structural Engineers as the structural engineering firm.
The project will be between the 1111 Broadway office building’s public open plaza and the residential building at 1150 Clay Street. The 12th Street BART Station and BRT line is two blocks away on Broadway.