Entire California post office building to be temporarily moved 120ft in redevelopment scheme

by | Mar 22, 2022 | Heritage Spaces

Work has begun to lift and temporarily move the historic 1940s Burlingame post office building—weighing 1,010 tons—approximately 120 feet from its current location. Burlingame is a city in San Mateo County, California. The temporary relocation accommodates the construction of a new underground parking garage directly beneath the building’s current location as part of the new 220 Park Road office and retail development.

While it is relocated, restoration will proceed on the historic structure before the building is moved back on site and integrated with the 220 Park building as an iconic, active restaurant space at the base of the office building.

The task of safely relocating the historic structure is being undertaken by San Jose-based Garden City Construction, a company with over 30 years of experience in rejuvenating and rehabilitating historic properties.The building is being relocated in order to ensure its safety during construction of the new 220 Park Road development project led by a joint venture of Sares Regis Group of Northern California (SRGNC) and Dostart Development Company (DDC). The project broke ground in September and will deliver 185,000 square feet of new office and retail space at the long-vacant, 1.3-acre lot in the center of downtown Burlingame.

“The engineering and construction techniques being used to preserve this community asset are a wonder to watch,” says City of Burlingame Councilmember Donna Colson. “The City of Burlingame is fortunate to have the Sares Regis Group of Northern California and Dostart Development as partners leading this complex restoration, which will culminate in a dynamic new downtown plaza, more evening and weekend parking options, and a beautiful interpretation of a historic post office that will once again serve as a gathering space and center of commerce.”

In the summer of 2023, the post office building will be moved back to its original location and integrated into the new office and retail building, designed by KSH Architects, as an anchor for the ground-floor retail space.

“This post office, built in the 1940s, is part of the historic fabric of the city of Burlingame and we are honored to help ensure the preservation and adaptation of this public treasure,” says architect Ruth Todd, FAIA, principal of Page and Turnbull, and the project’s preservation leader.

“On behalf of the City and our firm, we applaud Dostart Development and Sares Regis’s bold investment in a major preservation commitment, which will create a rich and beautiful place for work and play that connects Burlingame’s past with its future.”

Once finished, the repurposed post office will open onto the new adjacent Burlingame Town Square, which is scheduled to begin construction immediately following the completion of the office/retail building. City leaders envision the future Town Square to be a gathering place for outdoor dining and socializing, with flexibility to host live concerts, performances, and other cultural events. The 220 Park building will front this new active downtown space.

“Building right in the vibrant heart of downtown Burlingame comes with its challenges, but this is a unique opportunity to deliver a high quality office space with all of the perks of downtown conveniences and amenities,” says Mollie Ricker, Partner at DDC.

“In addition to offering indoor/outdoor work opportunities and interaction with the adjacent public open space, the completed office building will have generous private terraces on each level that will deliver grand views of San Francisco to the North, Hillsborough to the West, and the San Francisco Bay to the East. Future office tenants will be able to grab lunch, meet for a happy hour drink, or take a stroll downtown without having having to get in their car ”

“Moving the post office is a huge milestone in a one-of-a-kind project,” says David N.P. Hopkins, Chief Operating Officer of Development at SRGNC. “It’s exciting for us and the City of Burlingame to watch as we progress toward this vision of a new workspace that is grounded in its downtown surroundings.”

The developers plan to photographically document the process of moving the post office and hope to release time-lapse footage to share with the public soon after the move is complete.

Construction of the office building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023, with the exterior and site improvements to be completed in early 2024.

Sares Regis Group of Northern California and its affiliates, Regis Homes Bay Area and Regis Contractors Bay Area, are regional companies based in San Mateo, California.  As leading developers and managers of commercial and residential real estate in the western United States, the companies have more than 6.5 million square feet of commercial properties valued at over $7 billion and over 2,800 residential units under development.  Since its inception, the company has acquired or developed 13.5 million square feet of commercial properties and 20,000 multifamily and residential housing units. For more information, please visit: www.SRGNC.com

Dostart Development Company, LLC is one of the Silicon Valley’s premier commercial developers, with more than 25 years and nearly three million square feet of experience developing, redeveloping and investing in office space in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. DDC is known for its local focus and expertise and for the high quality of its projects and tenants. DDC has also been a pioneer in Transit-Oriented Development and utilizing LEED standards for sustainable design. For more information, please visit: www.dostart.com

Page & Turnbull is an architecture and planning firm that transforms the built environment through design, research and technology. Located in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, the firm comprises three Studios: Architecture, Cultural Resources Planning & Research, and Preservation Technology. Collectively, Page & Turnbull’s staff includes licensed architects, designers, historians, planners and conservators with a mission to balance historic character with adaptive reuse, objective historic evaluation with community involvement, and complex design solutions with technical understanding of historic materials and their conservation. More at www.page-turnbull.com

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