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 envisions replacing approximately 10,270 sf of 1950’s single story restaurant and retail space with a contemporary 25,000 sf Class-A office building.
The new 3-story building provides tenant companies with updated, open-space layouts favored by today’s tech-savvy firms. Tenants will enjoy 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.
The development plans to retain the two large heritage oak trees which are key focal points for the project, and the building footprint is setback from the trees to create public and private courtyards underneath the canopies. The design contemplates significant landscape upgrades with the addition of six new trees and dozens of new plants. A community serving commercial plaza and pavilion will be located under the existing west oak canopy. The plaza will be open to the public and an artisan coffee operator is contemplated to occupy the pavilion.
Our design for Alma Station respects Menlo Park’s Downtown Specific plan and effectively combines modern architecture with natural materials to appeal to both Menlo Park residents and local cutting edge companies.