Secretly, you may want to add a few years to the projected completion date of a complex construction project, to help account for potential delays. But this was not the case for the construction of the new 275,000-square-foot Thermo Fisher Scientific Nich…
Secretly, you may want to add a few years to the projected completion date of a complex construction project, to help account for potential delays. But this was not the case for the construction of the new 275,000-square-foot Thermo Fisher Scientific Niche Diagnostics Center of Excellence. A little over two years after project design began, a sustainable and large-scale research and development (R&D) building now stands just south of Tesla Motors. We at Landtech Consultants (the Thermo Fisher project civil and structural engineers) couldn’t be happier.
The Team Players and Timeline
The project presented significant challenges, including complicated infrastructure demands that required major public works improvements. However, the City of Fremont staff and other public and utility agencies helped us meet the completion time-frame goals of the developer, Geis Companies, and ultimately, of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Project design began in April of 2012, and the initial application was submitted to the City a month later. After successive phases of permit approval, the project broke ground in March of 2013. A whirlwind of construction followed, first of the building shell, and then of all the intricate interior and facility components. Finally, at the end of August 2014, the facility was turned over to Thermo Fisher.
We found a few civil and structural engineering features of the project significant:
Building Site: Minimizing Seismic Liquefaction Risk
The project site lies within zones designated by the State Geologist to contain seismic liquefaction risks. Therefore, significant site preparation was conducted for the building to be founded on suitable ground. The site was excavated, graded, and filled with a 5.5-foot-thick lime-treated soil layer that is present underneath the building foundation. This creates a raft-like structure that works with the building structural foundation and is designed to bridge over possible liquefaction pockets that could occur in an earthquake. Overall, about 200,000 cubic yards of soil had to be moved and graded to accommodate the project.
Building Structure: Special Steel Frames for Seismic Resistance
The steel building frame is clad with exterior concrete walls, and special steel frame systems are integrated within the building. Elements within these braced frames are designed to absorb earthquake forces and dissipate seismic energy. Additionally, innovative special truss moment frames are used in the office wing of the building to allow for an open-space design. Overall, the building contains about 2,500 tons of steel and 14,000 cubic yards of concrete.
Infrastructure Demand: Looped Water System for Fire Safety
The existing water service to the site was woefully inadequate and presented a fire service safety issue. The closest water source was a “dead end” connection, one-half of a mile away on Kato Road at the southern tip of the Tesla property. In order to provide adequate fire service safety, a looped water system was constructed to join the “dead end” connection from the south up along Kato Rd and across highway 880 to a looped water main on Landing Parkway. Of the total 3000-plus feet of pipe that were required, about 400 feet had to be installed in a bored steel casing about 14 feet below the level of the freeway pavement.
Storm Water Quality: Pioneering State-of-the-art Measures
This is a flagship project for meeting new storm water quality requirements. On this project, all drainage is directed to large bioretention gardens that allow treatment of the water organically, filtering into special soils and out through perforated pipes into the storm drainage system. With such a large building, the roof drainage is directed into a specially designed metering weir system that limits the volume of the peak flow for larger storms into the bioretention areas.
Fremont is showing the rest of the Bay Area that it knows how to get commercial construction projects done — -sustainably and safely. This project is a welcome addition to the Warm Springs Innovation District. It was a privilege to have worked with top-tier public and private partners to master this complex project.
Below are photos of the cafeteria and lobby.
Kamal Obeid, SE, P.E., is a California licensed Civil and Structural Engineer. he served as the project engineer, civil and structural engineer of record for the Thermo Fisher project. He has been a practicing engineer on building projects in California for 34 years. Kamal can be reached at email@example.com.
Sonia Easaw is the Marketing Coordinator for Landtech Consultants.
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Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is a compact powerhouse of an airport. Despite being land-constrained with 1,050 acres, there are 135 daily flights on 10 airlines serving 29 nonstop markets — all from just two terminals and two runways! Servi…
Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is a compact powerhouse of an airport. Despite being land-constrained with 1,050 acres, there are 135 daily flights on 10 airlines serving 29 nonstop markets — all from just two terminals and two runways!
Service spans the globe, with nonstop flights to Tokyo, Cabo San Lucas and Guadalajara. Flights to four of the Hawaiian Islands have also been popular with Silicon Valley travelers. And, after a universal slump in air travel, things are looking up for SJC which just posted its 21st consecutive month of passenger growth in September. SJC expects to serve more than 9 million passengers in 2014, up from 8.8 million last year.
At the recent CREW Silicon Valley meeting, Sandy Oberle, the principal property manager at SJC, shared the latest news from the airport related to future plans, construction, and concessions.
Q: What are the current priorities for SJC?
A: Priorities are air service development (flying to more places!) and the safety and security of our users. We’ve already had success adding more flights. For example, ANA is now flying its 787 Dreamliner to Tokyo seven days a week, which is up from the initial five weekly flights. Delta recently expanded its service to Seattle, and Alaska Airlines has added Salt Lake City to its growing list of destinations.
To lure new airlines, SJC has an incentive program that includes landing fee and lease waivers. Top-focus destinations are Canada, Europe, and more of Asia. In wooing new airlines and flights, SJC highlights the huge number of technology companies within an 18-mile radius of the airport — 6,600 technology companies, 18 of which are Fortune 500 global headquarters.
International gates will soon double from two to four with the conversion of gates 17 and 18 to “swing gates” which will include corridor access to U.S. Customs. The new “Power Suite” is now open across from these gates giving travelers more options to remain connected and productive prior to boarding their flights.
Q: Concessions have really come a long way at SJC. What’s next?
A: We are maintaining our focus on a healthy mix between local, regional and national tenants. Red Mango (yogurt) and Einstein Bagels recently opened in Terminal A, and Sip Savvy, a wine bar, will soon open there, too.
Q: What is the “best kept secret” at SJC?
A: The Club! For a $35 daily rate, any passenger can hang out at this award-winning common use lounge. You can find it opposite gates 15 and 16.
Q: What else is new and exciting?
A: Two new Global Entry kiosks are now expediting arriving international passengers through U.S. Customs. On the rental car front, SJC is now home to Sixt, which specializes in European car rentals such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
Q: Development of the West Side of the Airport is underway. What will this include?
A: Signature Flight Support is building a corporate aviation facility to house and service corporate aircraft for clients such as Google and many other Silicon Valley-based companies. This facility is projected to generate approximately $3 million a year for SJC, as well as 200+ airport/construction jobs. Signature expects to open its facility in time for the 2016 Super Bowl in Santa Clara.
Q: Speaking of football, how have professional sports benefited the airport?
A: The airport is already experiencing increased traffic for 49ers home games, and more is expected with the opening of the new Earthquakes stadium in 2015. Demand for charter flight activity has increased general aviation activity at SJC.
Q: How do you quantify the economic impact of SJC?
A: There is currently a study underway to measure the airport’s economic impact — the first such study conducted in 15 years! We will be looking at jobs creation, as well as direct and indirect business spending.
Q: How is the airport working with ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft?
A: Our goal is to get all transportation companies on an equal playing field to ensure the safety and security of our travelers and relative to fees and insurance. To that end, staff is working on getting ride-for-hire companies permitted as soon as possible.
Q: What opportunities exist for airport expansion?
A: SJC currently serves 9 million passengers annually. Terminal B and the Car Rental garage were both designed to be easily expanded as we approach 14 million passengers served each year.
Q: How can businesses stay informed about new developments at the Airport?
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As we continue our trek through the Bay Area’s innovation ecosystem, our next stop is 12 miles south of Warm Springs in San Jose. Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) just celebrated the grand opening of its, 23,000 square foot commercialization and techn…
As we continue our trek through the Bay Area’s innovation ecosystem, our next stop is 12 miles south of Warm Springs in San Jose. Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) just celebrated the grand opening of its, 23,000 square foot commercialization and technology demonstration center. Focused on catalyzing next-generation, cutting-edge innovation for smart, clean, connected cities, ProspectSV is the result of public-private-partnerships. While the demonstration facility was built by the City of San Jose, ProspectSV is an independent non-profit financed through revenue, grants and corporate sponsorship.
A few of the early successes for ProspectSV include:
ProspectSV’s technology demonstration center is part scientific laboratory, part co-working office space and part prototyping shop floor. It’s an ecosystem for energy and science companies, stakeholders and entrepreneurs. Case in point – ProspectSV features a vehicle systems lab where companies can demonstrate the commercial viability of their technology to customers. While not technically an incubator, short-term leases encourage early stage networking.
Solar and wind renewable energy
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Last week, Fremont hosted the Cleantech Open’s 2014 Western Regional Awards for the second year in a row. The two-day event was packed with innovative ideas, riveting speakers, comments from thought leaders, stimulating discussions, and tours of Fremont-b…
Last week, Fremont hosted the Cleantech Open’s 2014 Western Regional Awards for the second year in a row. The two-day event was packed with innovative ideas, riveting speakers, comments from thought leaders, stimulating discussions, and tours of Fremont-based cleantech companies, including GenZe (pictured below), Oorja, and RETC.
Co-sponsored by the City of Fremont, OpTerra and the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley, the event brought together more than 230 bright-minded cleantech innovators and 30+ cleantech startups from across the western region, including some Fremont locals.
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from the event:
1. The morning keynote was delivered by Mike Biddle, a self-proclaimed “plastics nerd” and President and Founder of MBA Polymers, Inc., a leader in post-consumer recycled plastics. With 600 billion pounds of plastic consumed every year, Biddle urged the audience to help change the conventional wisdom of plastics disposal, closing with one of his favorite quotes from Alan Kay -
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
2. The first of two panel discussions focused on how cities and entrepreneurs can work together to achieve sustainability goals. Without the proper infrastructure and planning in place, cities can often be viewed as part of the problem when it comes to sustainability. The panelists urged cities, especially motivated ‘Tier 2’ cities, to become part of the solution.
3. The second panel focused on the increasingly rich resources that are available to early-stage entrepreneurs in the clean tech space. The panel featured key insights from venture capitalists, accelerators, and incubators whose sole mission is to help cleantech entrepreneurs succeed.
4. The afternoon’s keynote was delivered by Greg Horowitt, Co-founder and Managing Director of Silicon Valley’s T2 Venture Capital, as well as author of The Rainforest: The Secrets to Building the Next Silicon Valley. A “renaissance man” with degrees in music, biochemistry and economics, Greg talked about innovation and what it takes to be a great storyteller: painting a compelling picture of the future, and showing how other people fit into that picture.
5. A BIG congratulations to the final four contestants: Maxout Renewables, Dragonfly Energy, Axiom Exergy (pictured below) and BlueMorphUV! They are headed to Cleantech Open’s November Global Forum event at Treasure Island, where they will have the chance to compete for the prize of $200,000 and the title of 2014 Cleantech Open champion.
As host to the Cleantech Open Western Regional Awards for a second year running, it’s inspiring to see the advancements made by so many of the participating companies from such a wide spectrum of technologies. We look forward to collaborating with this new group of entrepreneurs and can only imagine what bright, new innovations lie ahead.Read less x
Previously we reported on National Manufacturing Day, October 3rd, which focuses on introducing high school and college age students to manufacturing careers. This is important, because even though the area has experienced a loss of manufacturing jobs thi…
Previously we reported on National Manufacturing Day, October 3rd, which focuses on introducing high school and college age students to manufacturing careers. This is important, because even though the area has experienced a loss of manufacturing jobs this last decade, manufacturing is still a relevant element of the regional economy and a great source of middle-income wages.
Another important element is construction. Each October, local construction trade apprenticeship programs host Career Expo day for high schools and community colleges. This year’s event was hosted by the Pipe Trades Training Center in San Jose and attracted 173 students from 16 different high schools to experience a day of hands-on trade-craft.
Fourteen student groups rotated among carpenters, electricians, sheet metal workers, plasterers, surveyors, automotive workers, operating engineers, drywall/lathers, roofers and waterproofers, cement masons, sound and communications experts, iron workers and pipe trade workers. For many of these young adults, it was the first time they’d handled any tools more complicated than a kitchen knife. For those of us who can still recall the old high school industrial arts classes, this was a fantastic sight to see.
Just as with Manufacturing Day, the event introduced these young job seekers to career opportunities and training. The Valley is witnessing an economic resurgence driven by the high-tech sector that is driving new construction. A wide variety of construction projects are underway, including the high priority development areas of Fremont, such as Warm Springs. For young people who prefer working with their hands, these jobs can lead to a career path with strong growth potential
In addition to the individual trades, several private schools, community colleges and contractors participated. Many pre-apprenticeship training programs are offered at our 28 community colleges as well as management and other construction science courses. Most programs are now accredited, and students are encouraged to complete their certifications and AA degree for that point in time when they decide to move into management. “Today’s construction industry is ideal for creative smart young adults. The traditional construction industry image no longer applies,” said Brenda Childress of the Santa Clara County Construction Careers Association. Private schools, such as the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (see below), as well as YWCA programs targeting younger at-risk youth were represented.
Equally important are the companies who donated their time to meet with the young job seekers: Cupertino Electric; SGI; and Skanska/Shimmick/Hersog. Their collective projects are impressive ranging from the Merritt College library upgrade to the BART extension to the Berryessa district.
Our region’s career options for the next generation go well beyond high-tech to include “high-touch” industries. Whether its manufacturing, education, hospitality, health care or construction, there are programs to help young people discover their passion and path to remain and prosper in Silicon Valley.
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While it seems that technology is transforming every aspect of life, how and where we shop is still fundamentally about convenience. Case in point — I am writing this blog right after ordering a new iPhone case, my son’s Halloween costume, and coffee filt…
While it seems that technology is transforming every aspect of life, how and where we shop is still fundamentally about convenience. Case in point — I am writing this blog right after ordering a new iPhone case, my son’s Halloween costume, and coffee filters all with one click on Amazon!
As the retail industry convened last week at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Western Division conference, this “era of change” was definitely put into perspective. The thoughtful remarks of ICSC Chairman and Blackstone Group Global Retail Real Estate Advisor Robert (Bob) Welanetz articulately summarized the state of retail today. Here are the highlights.
Indeed, shopping is no longer about “stuff.” It’s about activity and entertainment. We see this trend playing out in Fremont in new and exciting ways. Take the Tap Room in Whole Foods or Vestar’s plans for additional outdoor lounge spaces at Pacific Commons. Savvy retailers get it and are finding ways to evolve their offerings to include more lifestyle components. Good news for my husband when I go off to try on shoes!
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Along with 1,600 manufacturers across North America, Fremont celebrated the third annual National Manufacturing Day last Friday. Companies hosted open houses and tours showcasing their technologies and facilities to the public. This peek inside the factor…
Along with 1,600 manufacturers across North America, Fremont celebrated the third annual National Manufacturing Day last Friday. Companies hosted open houses and tours showcasing their technologies and facilities to the public. This peek inside the factory floor is helping to shift public perception of manufacturing from dirty, declining and dull — to clean, complex and cool.
The City of Fremont coordinated with educational leaders such as Mission Valley ROP, DeVry University, Ohlone College, and Northwestern Polytechnic University as well as the Tri-Valley One-Stop Center to provide over 65 students, teachers, and job seekers with guided tours at AlterG, Alom, Asteelflash, Bay Area Circuits, CalWeld, Lanner, Plexus, and Sonic Manufacturing. From printed circuit boards and supply chain management, to specialized anti-gravity treadmills, Fremont’s manufacturers are helping to spread the word that things do get made in Silicon Valley (as noted in our nifty new infographic). Students were exposed to career opportunities in manufacturing, and companies had the chance to meet the next-generation workforce.
With the help of local schools, lead manufacturing sponsor Asteelflash, and the full list of participating manufacturers, the events of the day were well-attended and successful. Want to learn more about local efforts to grow jobs? Check out these stories on CNET and Bloomberg.
While this was only our second year promoting Manufacturing Day, we envision even greater opportunities in the years ahead. It’s not too early to sign up for #MFGDAY15. Just drop me a line!Read less x
Every caterer needs a kitchen, and every food truck needs a place to spend the night. Marry these concepts together, and you have a unique enterprise that serves two entrepreneurial audiences. “BAKR” — Bay Area Kitchen Rental was created by Kathy Hernande…
Every caterer needs a kitchen, and every food truck needs a place to spend the night. Marry these concepts together, and you have a unique enterprise that serves two entrepreneurial audiences. “BAKR” — Bay Area Kitchen Rental was created by Kathy Hernandez in Fremont when she herself was looking for such a space.
Not only did Hernandez find that space was in short supply for mobile chefs, but she also discovered that many food truck commissaries lacked basic business-oriented amenities — a place to receive deliveries, prepare food, refill ice supplies, hold interviews and team meetings, compost and recycle materials, as well as a decent place to use the restroom.
Hernandez purchased a 20,000 square foot facility in South Fremont just over a year ago, and now can hardly keep up with demand. Food trucks in particular (who are no strangers to long lines) have a waiting list for space in her facility. Not surprisingly, Hernandez is already in expansion mode — creating larger cold and dry storage areas.
Anywhere between 20 to 30 caterers utilize BAKR at any given time. They rent space by the hour, with a guaranteed minimum of 10 hours a month. Some clients are actually small restaurants that need additional prep space. As a 24x7 facility with online scheduling, BAKR can accommodate many different needs.
BAKR's Fremont facility is significant for two reasons. First, it provides critical infrastructure for the incubation of new food concepts that will hopefully expand and grow in our area. Second, the concept demonstrates the creativity of our talented population who can adapt existing ideas into powerhouse institutions.
We wish Kathy much success with BAKR, and hope to see her business grow along with our local creative talent.
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Friday, October 3rd is the 3rd annual nationwide Manufacturing Day. In anticipation of the day, the City of Fremont released an infographic telling the story of U.S. manufacturing growth, California’s role in this growth, and Fremont’s status as a Silicon…
Friday, October 3rd is the 3rd annual nationwide Manufacturing Day. In anticipation of the day, the City of Fremont released an infographic telling the story of U.S. manufacturing growth, California’s role in this growth, and Fremont’s status as a Silicon Valley Manufacturing Hub.
The infographic highlights the following points about manufacturing nationally:
Adding to the release of the infographic, the City is participating in Manufacturing Day by having local manufacturing companies host tours at their various facilities on October 3. These tours will give those who are interested in manufacturing an opportunity to get an insider’s perspective into Fremont’s resident manufacturers. For a complete list of Fremont manufacturers participating MFGDAY, click here.
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Anyone who follows Silicon Valley policy conversations about regional challenges knows that Joint Venture Silicon Valley is at the forefront of convening leaders and addressing these issues. As an active member of JVSV, Fremont recognizes what great value…
Anyone who follows Silicon Valley policy conversations about regional challenges knows that Joint Venture Silicon Valley is at the forefront of convening leaders and addressing these issues. As an active member of JVSV, Fremont recognizes what great value JVSV brings to our entire region, which is why we were excited when it recently announced the appointment of veteran elected official and public affairs executive Larry Carr to the newly created position of executive vice president. We had the opportunity to ask Larry a few questions about his new role and what he thinks about the state of our Valley.
1. You must have a unique perspective on policy matters, given your experience in the public sector, private sector, and as an elected official. Can you describe how these different roles influence your approach in your new role?
Silicon Valley is full of people with interesting and varied backgrounds. It’s one of the things I love about working and living in this area. I do have a background that is broad in terms of my experiences and, hopefully, one that is of value to JVSV and to Silicon Valley. I draw upon my role as an elected official in the City of Morgan Hill when thinking about the ways that policies can affect entire communities or in the manner that public outreach is sought and included. I have worked for two different members of Congress representing different parts of Silicon Valley, so I have a perspective on how the federal government can be a part of the success of the Valley instead of an inhibitor to innovation. I’ve been in academia and the private sector and have an appreciation for the importance of talented people and preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, and public servants.
I’m excited to have such an important opportunity to engage others as Joint Venture continues to be the organization that convenes all of Silicon Valley’s varied interests and leaders around solving issues and supporting the region.
2. With the creation of this new role within JVSV, how does it allow the organization to expand in its activities?
Joint Venture’s board of directors set an exciting new course for the organization a little more than a year ago. The board realized the great need to expand Joint Venture’s role in the Valley by forming the Silicon Valley Research Institute. The new institute will for the first time provide first-hand research and data on critical issues right here in Silicon Valley.
The addition of my role in supervising the day-to-day operations and management of the organization allows Joint Venture President Russ Hancock the ability to concentrate more on growing membership, fundraising and overall strategic planning for Joint Venture and its Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, for which he also serves as president.
3. What do you think is the most important initiative that you will tackle in the next year?
My immediate focus is on the organization itself. I’d like to provide more support to the program directors at Joint Venture to allow them to expand our existing programs. I’d like to work with Joint Venture’s Investors Council to identify current relevant issues in Silicon Valley where we can engage and look for collaborative solutions.
4. As a Silicon Valley native, what inspires you most about our region?
The People. We are a collection of smart, committed, passionate people. Visionaries, families, young urban professionals and public servants from varied backgrounds and nationalities. We enjoy the precious environment that our region provides us, and we want to be at the cutting-edge of new ideas. We tend to be pragmatic in our approach to politics, but solution-oriented when addressing issues.
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Welcome to our blog – Takes from Silicon Valley East! Our view is slightly different here on the east side of the bay – from the Mission Peak backdrop to the advanced manufacturing companies that dot our boulevards. As we become more urban and strive to interpret the business issues affecting our innovation economy, we want to share with you our observations, insights, photos, arguments, agreements, inspirations and CEO interviews – and here on our blog is exactly where we plan to do this.