Safeway opens new eco-friendly office building

450 employees move into former Farmer's Insurance building on Dublin Canyon Road

Executives from Pleasanton's largest employer celebrated the opening of a sustainable office building that will house 450 employees Wednesday.

Safeway's latest corporate office building at 11555 Dublin Canyon Road, less than a mile from its other corporate offices on Stoneridge Mall Road, underwent an extensive renovation since it was purchased from Farmer's Insurance Group.

Green features such as natural and energy-efficient lighting, a new heating and air conditioning system, bamboo flooring and recycled glass were implemented.

Mayor Jennifer Hosterman lauded Safeway for helping put Pleasanton on the map, saying "we know you are our bread and butter," and said the city aims to provide more workforce housing for employees as the country comes out of the recession.

Other office amenities include a fitness center, cafe, wireless Internet, lactation room for new mothers and a transgender restroom.

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Posted by transgender_restroom
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 8, 2009 at 11:45 am

Transgender Restroom?

Seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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Posted by Syndey Garrett
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Oct 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Eco-friendly,right! You know food will be going up in their stores even more.

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Posted by PV Homeowner
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Most interesting. 2600 Camino Ramon was built many, many years ago with similar features. Natural and energy-efficient lighting, smart window blinds, and air conditioning assisted by the lakes around the facility. All are now in disrepair because SBC (now AT&T) felt "green" and proper building maintenance was a waste of precious revenue (read that to mean Executive Bonuses).

AT&T advertises it's products and services as a means to support
distributed/remote work for it's consumers. Yet only 8% of AT&T's management population has been formally approved to telecommute on a full- or part-time basis. So much for "green."

Think about both companies as you stand in a check-out line yackin' on your AT&T Wireless phone and decide which one you'd rather support. If you need a little more insight , read this article via the Web Link and think about the number of job losses the Tri-Valley has seen as more and more work moves to Texas and Georgia. Yeah, text away as you slam Safeway.

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Posted by Mona
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Oct 9, 2009 at 8:29 am

I am so glad they put all that effort into making the building run efficiently. One more step in the right direction would be turning the lights off after closing. I drive past there every night on my way home and every single night and weekend, the building is lit up like the fourth of July.

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Posted by Lucky Guy
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Oct 9, 2009 at 8:43 am

Now maybe they can put some money into the "Dump" on Santa rita Road. When that store reopened it was really nice. It has degraded to the point that even Wal Mart looks better. Fat slobbery managers, cashiers that look more dead than alive and poor service to boot. People should really complain about the state of his stor. The dublin and Livermore stores are much nicer.

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Posted by abby
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2009 at 11:52 am

A "transgender restroom"? This person [Web Link] and this person [Web Link] are both transgender. Do you really think that they have more in common with each other than with non-trans women and men, respectively?

Trans people use the restroom for exactly the same reasons as anyone else. It's insulting to suggest that they should be segregated away from "ordinary" people. It's discriminatory to require them to use a restroom other than the one that corresponds to the gender in which they live.

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Posted by annonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

I work in this building and I think the "trans-gender" restroom is misunderstood. From what I understand, it's a restroom that anyone can use (not just assigned to one specific sex) however I'd be too embarassed to use it since most people expect someone like Rupaul to walk out of the restroom.

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Posted by Charles
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm

A transgender restroom? GIVE ME A BREAK! Is this what it takes to be so-called "Green"? When will the bleeding heart Liberals realize that they do NOT represent THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? Enough is enough -- TOO much is TOO much!!

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Posted by whateverhappenedto
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Oct 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Oh, I miss Rupaul! Thanks for reminding me of him/her.

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Posted by the riddler
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm

i guess as long as safeway ripped off another charity to pay for that. i wonder when the government and everyone else will wake up to see how crooked steve burd is. the guy is nothing but a white collar crook.

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Posted by John doe
a resident of another community
on Nov 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Steve Burdis a liar and a cheat. He is making employees pay more out of pocket for health care. Making emloyees think twice about going to their doctor. He says it's to motivate employees to live healthier lives. Hmmm let's see. Pay insurance companies more money for something you can't use until you come up with the first 4500.00 bucks. So you better pray hard that your children don't get sick or you will be paying many bills. How's your health care package Steve?

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Posted by Fred
a resident of California Somerset
on Nov 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I work at Safeway. The place seems as if Castro is running the show. A 76,000 square foot store and only 2 guys to stock the grocery aisles every night. Every night. Holiday season too. Thanks a lot Steve. Jerk.

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