Sunnyvale is certainly playing the long game when it comes to thinking about the future. The city of about 152,000 in the middle of Silicon Valley has been remaking itself for more than two decades.
And a slate of 10 significant projects of all types that are in development, under construction or recently completed promise to further Sunnyvale’s story.
- Address: 360 Caribbean Dr.
- Description: Two new 5-story R&D office buildings totaling 1.04 million square feet of office space.
- Future impact: When it opens next year, the latest Google-developed project will showcase one of the most innovative building designs Silicon Valley has seen. The architects Bjarke Ingels Group have created buildings with zig-zagging, inclined roofs that double as pedestrian pathways.
- Address: 100 Altair Way
- Description: Seven-story, 134,324-square-foot office building with four levels of underground parking.
- Future impact: Steps from Sunnyvale’s Caltrain station, this just-completed Class A building is all about space and light. From its indoor-outdoor lobby, to creative ways to get natural sunlight inside, to a roof deck that looks like a high-end park, Brick-designed building stands out in the city’s central business district.
Intuitive Surgical campus expansion
- Address: 932, 950, 945-955 Kifer Road
- Description: Two new three-story buildings that will have more than 1.2 million square feet of office, R&D and manufacturing space.
- Future impact: Intuitive, the developer of robotic-assisted surgical methods, is deep into the second-phase of its new headquarters project (the first won a SVBJ Structures award in 2021). When completed next year, the combined campus will be one of the largest in Silicon Valley.
- Address: 200 W. Washington Ave. and 250 South Taaffe St.
- Description: When fully built out, CityLine will span 36 acres and include 585,000 square feet of office space and more than 750 residential units. It already has an AMC movie theater, Whole Foods market and Target.
- Future impact: This isn’t just a new project. It’s a new neighborhood, one that will completely reset Sunnyvale’s downtown and establish it as a live-work-play destination that’s a short walk from the Sunnyvale Caltrain station. It also has a unique development structure, with two firms — Sares Regis Group of Northern California and Hunter Partners — guiding the project. Phase two of the project, its largest and most ambitious, is expected to be finished next year.
Terraces at the Station and Aster Avenue Apartments
- Address: 1155 Aster Ave.
- Description: Spread over nearly 17 acres, the combined project consists of 412 rental units from Olympic Residential along with 329 condominiums and townhouses from Toll Brothers.
- Future impact: This is the largest piece of the Lawrence Station Area Plan, a blueprint approved in 2016 that will eventually bring 3,500 residential units near the Caltrain station named after said plan. Besides these 741 housing units, which are now under construction, the Terraces at the Station and Aster Avenue Apartments will also include 2.3 acres of publicly-accessible, privately-owned open space.
- Address: 1030 Indian Wells Ave. (formerly 1 AMD Place)
- Description: On what was once the Advanced Micro Devices Inc. campus, the Irvine Company is building 944 apartment units, 6% of which are set aside for very low-income households, while Taylor Morrison is responsible for 107 three-story townhomes for sale.
- Future impact: Nearly completed, this project combines the push for housing density with the need for open space as it shows there’s a way to shift tech companies away from stand-alone, sprawling campuses. AMD sold its campus for $95 million in 1995 but leased the space back. The Irvine Company bought it 21 years later for $175 million, and then became AMD’s landlord at its Santa Clara Square project.
- Address: 1230 E. Arques Ave.
- Description: The Fujitsu North America campus is set to become an industrial/warehouse project with the construction of three new buildings that will total 514,700 square feet.
- Future impact: Industrial real estate remains one of the most in-demand areas segments of the CRE landscape, and this is one of the only pure-play new industrial projects set to be built in Sunnyvale. And this space, which Fujitsu sold earlier this year for $31 million to San Francisco-based PSAI Realty Partners, is another example of the redevelopment of an older tech campus.
- Address: 1100 N. Mathilda Ave.
- Description: What was once the 173-room Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel will become a 254-room boutique property called the Treehouse Hotel. The revamped hotel includes a new six-story building designed by SB Architects.
- Future impact: Set to open next year, the Sunnyvale Treehouse will be the first U.S. outpost of famed hotelier Barry Sternlich’s latest upscale brand. And it promises to be a resting place and gathering spot for visitors to tenants of the Moffett Park area like Google Cloud, Amazon Lab 126, Meta Platforms and Juniper Networks.
Applied Materials’ EPIC
- Address: 974 E. Arques Ave.
- Description: In May, Applied Materials Inc. said it would build a new 597,600-square-foot R&D building that will be part of its main Sunnyvale campus.
- Future impact: Called the Equipment and Process Innovation and Commercialization Center, or EPIC, this new $4 billion facility is intended to allow researchers to develop new semiconductor chip technology. It was announced with much fanfare, including a visit by Vice President Kamala Harris. Industry experts see the center, which is slated to open in 2026, as a way to boost the chipmaking prowess of Silicon Valley.
Sunnyvale Civic Center
- Address: 456 W. Olive Ave.
- Description: The city replaced its decades-old, low-slung city government hub with a modern, 143,000-square-foot Civic Center to house City Hall, the Department of Public Safety headquarters and library.
- Future impact: City workers began moving into the building in March and a public grand opening is set for Sept. 23. The design by SmithGroup gives Sunnyvale a
- City Hall fitting of its place as a tech hub. The SVBJ awarded the building a Structures Award for best public/civic project last year.