Bill Brown called Bryan just before noon and asked if he could be in Palo Alto to look at some concrete walls.
‘No problem – meet you there,’ said Bryan.
102 University Avenue is a mixed-use development that is pursuing LEED Platinum certification. The sign at the project site outlines the key features of the building, including the Location and Linkages. This building is located in downtown Palo Alto and is across the street from the train station, which goes to downtown San Francisco. Also, the building is only minutes away from Stanford University. A great location.
This is the second site in Palo Alto that we toured that is pursuing LEED Platinum certification. The first site is under the LEED for Homes program, and is located at 2180 Bryant Street.
At the street level, 102 University is between two existing buildings – on the left side is 116 University, which has the architect’s office and Facebook’s corporate cafeteria. On the right side is a parking garage.
The architect is Joseph Bellomo. He designs and builds modern, minimalist and environmentally friendly buildings. HIs work is exemplary.
The complete text of the signage describing the pursuit of LEED Platinum certification is on the archtect’s web site.
Touring 102 University Avenue
After presenting Bryan with a white visitor’s hard hat, Bill took Bryan to the highest floor and showed him the concrete walls that are being formed and poured. Bill explained they are using Xact2Form to give the interior concrete walls a smooth exposed finish for the residential units.
Also, Bill commented that the same 70% slag mix that he poured for our structural slab at 17509 Via Sereno is the same mix that he used at 102 University Avenue. This concrete mix will help both projects earn LEED points.
Then, Bill showed Bryan each floor and then went into the car elevator, which has temporary steps, leading to the below grade structure. Given our current interest in designing the stairs to our lower level, Bill showed Bryan the steel and concrete stairs.
Facebook’s Corporate Cafeteria Under 116 University Avenue
Facebook’s corporate cafeteria is located under 116 University Avenue. The architect’s web site has a description of Facebook’s corporate cafeteria and photos of the space. The entrance and stairway to the cafeteria is spectacular.