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2665 North First Street

This 122,600-square-foot office building has an outstanding location in Silicon Valley's Golden Triangle, but years of neglect had left it in desperate need of renovation. By 2006, its vacancy rate had risen to 60 percent. Orchard Commercial, however, saw its potential not only to generate revenue, but also to serve as a gathering place that would enhance the community at large.

Challenge

Renovate and reposition a three-story 1980s office building to attract credit tenants, including remodeling former computer server rooms to make them usable as offices and transforming the atrium-style lobby into an engaging art exhibition space.

Execution

  • Enhanced curb appeal with a contemporary earth-tone color palette and beautiful new native landscaping.
  • Brightened interior spaces with new flooring, paint, handrails, and accessories.
  • Revitalized tenant suites with contemporary colors and better access to natural light.
  • Improved HVAC performance and efficiency.
  • Reduced cooling costs by resurfacing skylights with heat-reflective material.
  • Switched to environmentally responsible materials such as low-VOC paints and carpet tiles, fluorescent lighting, low-flow bathroom fixtures, and native plants.
  • Initiated rotational art exhibitions presenting works by emerging and established Bay Area artists, including works from San Jose State University alumni and faculty.

Results

The 2665 North First Street building is now 100 percent leased to credit tenants including training organizations, law firms, high-tech companies, and others, creating a vibrant business community. The atrium-style lobby serves not only as an art exhibition venue (North First ARTSpace), but also as a community center for charitable and cultural events.

"Orchard Commercial had all the pieces of the puzzle. Our construction team managed the development, our HVAC team revived the aging infrastructure, and our design team selected modern interior features to create a comfortable multi-tenant work environment." —Joe Lewis, President, Orchard Commercial