Industry News

Week of 11/3/2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

San Francisco Business Times reports that "Visa signs blockbuster lease at One Market Plaza" in San Francisco with a 111,000-square-foot-lease. (Dineen, 11/4)

Week of 10/27/13

Thursday, October 31, 2013

San Francisco Business Times reports that "Former Oakland Army Base kicks off $500 million first phase" in redevelopment project. (Torres, 10/31)

Week of 10/20/13

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Livescience reports that "Wastewater Disposal Linked to Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm." These small earthquakes are likely linked to fracking (wastewater disposal from oil and gas extraction). (Oskin, 10/23/13)

The Associated Press reports that "Work begins on Calif. bullet train, locals angry." Work has finally begun in Fresno on California's $68 billion high speed rail system. (Williams, 10/20/13)

San Francisco Business Times reports that "Developer turns two rundown Oakland hotels into housing." The $25 million project in downtown Oakland is now a combined building with 100 studios. (Torres, 10/22/13)

Week of 10/13

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Mecury News reports about Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, CA in an exclusive sneak peek. The building will look like a spaceship and be environmentally sustainable, using 100% renewable energy. (10/11)

Los Angeles Times reports that "More than 1,000 old concrete buildings in Los Angeles and hundreds more throughout the county may be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake, according to a Times analysis." (10/14)

San Francisco Business Times reports that "Property values rose over the last year in 51 of California's 58 counties, with big gains in the Bay Area." (Brown, 10/14)

Oakland's Coliseum City project could cost $2 billion (10/3)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

San Francisco Business Times reports that "Locking in a pair of new investors will ensure the $2 billion Coliseum City project — potentially the largest transit-oriented development in California — could become a reality, Oakland city officials said." (Torres, 10/3/13)

A decade later, $150 million development kicks off at UC Extension (10/2)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

San Francisco Business Times reports that "A decade after UC Berkeley shut down its Laguna Street campus in San Francisco, the site will finally find new life as a housing development. Wood Partners has started demolition of the non-historic structures on the 5.8-acre development at 55 Laguna St., a $150 million project that will total 330 market-rate rental apartments."(Dineen, 10/2/13)

How Do You Design a Hospital That Can Foster Great Ideas? (10/1/13)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Usually, researchers and physicians are in different buildings, but Wired reports that "Everything about the Gates Vascular Institute is meant to encourage interaction and discovery. Strategically-placed “collision zones,” little meeting spaces outside of labs and operating rooms, come equipped with seating and food and drink options, so doctors and researchers can hold impromptu meetings and brainstorm sessions. Interior windows from labs and conference rooms look out over community spaces and an open staircase connects the floors, creating an open, fluid atmosphere." (Stinson, 10/1)

Robson Homes serves up new Whole Foods in downtown Fremont

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

San Francisco Business Times reports "A new Whole Foods store opened Wednesday in downtown Fremont — a project that took homebuilder Mark Robson about a decade to deliver. Robson, head of Robson Homes, has -- as his company’s name suggests -- mostly focused on building homes for the past 25 years, but is interested in building more retail and mixed-use projects." (Torres, 9/25)

 

Top U.S. engineers join crowdfunding effort to help turn Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ from dream into reality

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NY Daily News reports that two top U.S. engineers have signed on with the southern California crowdfunding startup JumpStartFund that has committed to building Musk's design. Dr. Marco Villa, the former director of mission operations for SpaceX, and Dr. Patricia Galloway, the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, will help lead and manage the development of the Hyperloop tube that could one day transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. (Knowles, 9/26)

Towers of Steel? Look Again

Monday, September 23, 2013

The New York Times reports "The movement to construct tall buildings largely with wood as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete has received a boost from an unusual source — a leading architectural firm known for its towers of steel and concrete." (H. Fountain, 9/23)

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