166 North Rollins

Millbrae, CA

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This 157,000-square-foot Class-A office building, activated with over 22,500 square feet of retail at its base, is situated next to the BART station between an existing parking garage and a new apartment building, Station 16. The building will offer the best-in-class office space, new high-quality amenities, building-top signage opportunities and invaluable connectivity to the Bay Area work force.

Steel-framed expanses of high-performance glass on the three upper levels of the five-story office/retail building illuminate workplaces with daylight for targeted tenants of tech and venture capital firms, among other companies. Planted roof terraces on the third floor provide verdant outdoor spaces for tenants, while supplying environmental benefits. Above the retail storefronts, a combination of wood, metal mesh, and frosted glass delineate two levels of parking. Projecting bays, canted ends, and a cantilevered roof that appears to float, create dynamic architecture symbolizing a new vibrancy for the area. It is sited to engage the street where most activity will take place. The building is as transparent as possible with gridded planes of glass so people and movement inside will be visible to pedestrians as they pass by.

Between the new office and residential buildings is the Paseo, site of The Shops at Garden Lane, a permeable pedestrian shopping promenade modeled on European streets. This landscaped linear passageway provides areas for outdoor dining, gathering, and relaxing, and will serve as the main circulation spine of the development, inviting guests and visitors inward. On the street level, storefronts and openings in the retail portion of the building are choreographed to display merchandise and restaurant activity, and to celebrate the spectacle of urban life. A ground-level breezeway through the building connects the Paseo to the parking garage for easy pedestrian access.

The rich assortment of office and retail spaces, hundreds of market-rate and subsidized apartments, extended-stay hotel, and open spaces comprising the entire Gateway at Millbrae Station will create a model for mixed-use developments at other BART stations that are now being planned.

The Millbrae Transit Center is currently the only location on the Peninsula where BART and Caltrain connect, making it a strategic transit hub. Located approximately a quarter mile from San Francisco International Airport—the seventh busiest airport in the U.S. by passenger volume—it is a key location for office and retail development, as the area features strong daytime and residential population numbers and there is limited comparable product in the immediate vicinity. The transit-oriented location makes it easily accessible to the entire Bay Area.

*All projects for development are expressed at original cost and do not represent fair market value.