Construction has topped out for the new six-story office building at 220 Park Road in Burlingame, San Mateo County. Sares Regis Group and Dostart Development Company are developing the project through a joint venture. Once complete in 2024, the offices will bring new shops overlooking the future town square, serving residents and visitors to the Burlingame Avenue retail thoroughfare.
The 98-foot tall project contains 325,000 square feet of floor area, with 168,000 square feet of office space, 17,000 square feet for public retail, and 140,000 square feet for the 275-car garage. The parking garage will be open to the public on weekends and weekday evenings. BKF is consulting on civil engineering.
KSH Architects is responsible for the design. The exterior is being wrapped with brick veneer, stone tile, and white cast concrete panels. The contemporary style will complement its neighbors by using some traditional vernacular, mainly with the facade material and an orderly balance of the exterior geometry.
The design takes inspiration from some of Burlingame’s older brick buildings and the historic United States Post Office, which is being adaptively reused for the new development. The former civic building was constructed from 1941 to 1942, during the war, as part of a New Deal era program to build more post offices nationwide. In their historical review, Page & Turnbull describe the structure as “designed in a Spanish Eclectic style with Art Deco elements…” Given this past history and design, it is considered eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. During construction, the post office was moved to the corner of the lot so that crews could avoid unintentional damage.
Bionic is responsible for landscape architecture. The structure will be wrapped by an outdoor path connecting Park Road with Lorton Avenue beside the future Town Square plaza. Retail will face both streets, with a dining terrace facing the plaza. The historic post office and office lobby will both face Park Road, while the two-level basement garage is accessible from Lorton Avenue.
Next to 220 Park Road, Burlingame is planning to build a new Town Square, designed as a central open gathering space within the Downtown Specific Plan. SWA is overseeing the design of the new square, with architecture by Group 4 and consultation on the fountain by CMS Collaborative.
The project was approved in late 2020, and construction started in October 2021. With the structure topped out, completion is anticipated by the Summer of next year.