Demolition and foundation work has started for the three-structure life sciences project at 1699-1701 Old Bayshore Highway in Burlingame, San Mateo County. During a site visit late last week, YIMBY captured the active construction project with concrete mixing trucks coming and going. Once complete, the development will be the first new life science project along the city’s waterfront just south of SFO. Helios Real Estate Partners and King Street Properties are collaborating with the project as joint developers.
The project will finish with two office towers and a garage. The two office buildings, distinguished as the 121-foot tall North and 135-foot tall South buildings, will have a combined square footage of 475,790 square feet of Class A laboratory space and associated office space. Additionally, 6,390 square feet will be created for public retail. The 102-foot tall parking garage will have a capacity for 875 cars and long-term storage for 45 bicycles. Short-term parking will be provided for four bicycles. Facilities will include a fitness center, conferencing area, cafe, and flexible work areas.
Perkins&Will is the project architect. At ground level, precast concrete will provide a dynamic tactile material engaging pedestrians. The rest of the structure will be wrapped either with a curtainwall system decorated by vertical fins or precast concrete panels punctured by window frames.
SWA Group will be responsible for the landscape architecture. The development will include a new public plaza along Malcolm Road with outdoor seating, decorative pavers, and planters. Engineering consultants will include BKF for civil, Nabih Youssef & Associates for structural, and Meyers+ on MEP.
Near Helios and King Street’s project, DivcoWest has proposed a massive multi-building research campus designed by WRNS Studio at 1200-1340 Bayshore Highway. Gensler has drafted plans with Lincoln Property Company for a 13-story office and R&D project at 777 Airport Boulevard. Further down, two office towers have been proposed for 620 Airport Boulevard by DGA. Last in the pipeline for the Burlingame waterfront is 555-567 Airport Boulevard, a joint venture with Barings and Lane Partners.
While 1699 Old Bayshore Highway will be the first new life sciences project along the Burlingame waterfront, it is not the first campus-style commercial development. Kylli worked with Gensler to build Burlingame Point, a $1.25 billion four-tower office complex above below-grade parking, leased entirely to Facebook’s parent company, Meta, by Cushman & Wakefield. The campus made headlines in mid-2022 with the Meta Shop with Oculus products launch.
Further north in Millbrae, YIMBY just covered the groundbreaking ceremony and financing for Avia Labs by Longfellow Real Estate Partners in early March. Meanwhile, parts of the concrete foundation have already reached the street level for the Eikon Therapeutics Headquarters, being developed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities.
The 4.54-acre property is located in an industrial neighborhood, across from a SamTrans bus stop serviced by the 292, with buses going to the nearby Millbrae BART Station. Completion is expected in 2024. Hathaway Dinwiddie is the project’s general contractor.
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