Responding to Menlo Park’s need for more office space to house the area’s growth of innovative companies, BAR’s design for Alma Station replaces a 1950’s single story restaurant and retail space with a contemporary 25,000 sf Class-A office building. While respecting Menlo Park’s Downtown Specific plan, our design effectively combines modern architecture with natural materials to appeal to both long-time Menlo Park residents and local cutting-edge companies.
Just completing construction, this new 3-story building, targeted for Net Zero energy, provides open-space layouts with private outdoor courtyards and terraces on every level. Bike storage and showers are also located inside the building. Parking includes two underground levels as well as surface parking to the building’s rear along Alma Lane. Electric vehicle charging stations are located in the garages and on the street level.
Respecting the existing surrounding area, the building footprint is setback to enable the creation of both public and private courtyards. Significant landscape upgrades included the addition of six new trees and dozens of new plants that serve to create a community-serving commercial plaza and pavilion to be enjoyed by the public.