Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 21, 2014

Workday to add 6-story building to Pleasanton complex

Architecturally-striking structure will be city's second tallest

by Jeb Bing

Workday, a fast-growing software company with headquarters on Stoneridge Mall Road in Pleasanton, plans to build a six-story glass and steel building between its main campus and I-580.

When completed, it will be Pleasanton's second tallest building at 87-1/2 feet tall at the top of roof parapet and a height of 105 feet at the apex of a rooftop circular screen wall.

Only Safeway's corporate headquarters near the Workday complex is taller, but only by less than a foot.

The architecturally-striking 430,000-square-foot office building will be placed on a site that includes BART-owned property once designated for a 350-unit apartment house complex and retail center adjacent to the West Dublin-Pleasanton BART station. That site, once needed to satisfy Pleasanton's need for affordable housing, was never developed as planned.

The office building will have a unique and striking three-sided shape featuring layered architecture creating a base, middle and top. The base will feature glass walls highlighted by the building entry features and a covered outdoor dining area.

The middle layer will feature continuous ribbon windows separated by horizontal bands. The top layer begins with recessed sixth-floor walls continuing up to a deep eave soffit with a simple band at the parapet and finishes with horizontally-scored rooftop equipment screens.

The new building will accommodate a growing workforce. Founded by CEOs Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri in 2005, Workday now has more than 1,750 employees and 400 customers.

Employees have gradually been moving from its leased floors in an office building on Stoneridge Mall Road into buildings a few blocks away in Stoneridge Corporate Plaza, which is being acquired by NPC Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned affiliate of Duffield. This was a strategic investment for Duffield and his venture, NPC, which is separate from Workday. NPC will continue to manage the space as a multi-tenant office, and Workday will occupy some of the space as an expansion of its corporate headquarters

Plans for the new six-story Workday center were discussed last week at an informal workshop meeting of the city's Planning Commission. Two commissioners, Jennifer Pearce and Herb Ritter, voiced concerns over traffic on Stoneridge Mall Road, especially during the winter holidays.

"At Christmastime, the traffic is horrible in that area," Ritter said.

Two five-story parking garages will also be built as part of the project, and the Workday developer is considering a walkway from the BART station to the new complex.

Workday will now formalize its plan into a final proposal to take to the Planning Commission and then to the City Council for ultimate approval.

Work on the new building is expected to start in 2015.

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