Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 2, 2014

Planners OK multimillion-dollar projects in Pleasanton

Business expansions to add jobs, tax revenue

by Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved two new development projects that would significantly expand the Lexus auto dealership on Rosewood Drive and would allow Workday to build a new six-story office center between Stoneridge Mall Road and the I-580 freeway.

The projects, estimated to cost millions of dollars each, would bring new jobs to Pleasanton as well as boost the city's tax revenue.

In quick action, with almost no opposition, planners last week approved building plans by the Hendrick Automotive Group and Workday, Inc.

Workday, a fast-growing software company with headquarters on Stoneridge Mall Road in Pleasanton, plans to build a six-story glass and steel building that, when completed, would be Pleasanton's second tallest building, behind only the nearby Safeway corporate headquarters building that is a foot higher than Workday's proposed structure.

The 430,000-square-foot office building is set to be built 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 and is no longer needed to meet state-required housing numbers.

The office building will have a three-sided shape featuring a layered architecture which creates 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 co-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 would continue to manage the space as a multi-tenant office, and Workday would occupy some of the space as an expansion of its corporate headquarters

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

Final action on the Workday project is expected at the City Council meeting on May 20.

The Hendrick Automotive Group also won the planners' approval to build an 83,300-square-foot new car showroom and service facility for its Lexus of Pleasanton dealership. The Lexus site at 4335 Rosewood Drive is one of four dealerships owned and operated by Hendrick, which include Volvo of Pleasanton, Infiniti of Pleasanton and Acura of Pleasanton.

Four buildings will be demolished in phases to make room for the expanded Lexus showroom and service center. The new building will include offices on the second floor with rooftop parking for service vehicles.

At one time, Hendrick planned to move its operations to an auto mall on Staples Ranch, where CarMax now has approval to build a regional used car center.

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