Construction Topped Out, Facade Installation for 200 Park Avenue, Downtown San Jose


Construction work is moving fast for 200 Park Avenue, a 19-story office tower rising in Downtown San Jose. The project topped out in late January, and now facade installation is six floors away from the peak, showcasing the metallic carved design by Gensler. The project developer is the Jay Paul Company.

The roughly 300-foot tall building will soon produce 1.35 million square feet of floor area from the 1.7-acre site, with 840,000 square feet of rentable office space and over half a million square feet of parking space from the fourth floor down to four stories below ground. At ground level, 2,000 square feet will be occupied by commercial retail.

200 Park Avenue full-building, image from Jay Paul Company

200 Park Avenue full-building, image from Jay Paul Company

200 Park Avenue seen from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

200 Park Avenue seen from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Gensler is the project architect. The existing facade appears remarkably similar to what the slick renderings depict. The contemporary metal skin with protruding windows is built around solar carvings along each facade to provide cozy areas for open-air terraces while flooding office interiors with natural light and fresh air. The project aims to achieve LEED Gold Certification for making sustainable design features and efficient technology. Level 10 Construction is the general contractor.

200 Park Avenue facade closeup, rendering by Gensler

200 Park Avenue ground-level view, rendering by Gensler

200 Park Avenue ground-level view, rendering by Gensler

200 Park Avenue office interior, rendering by Gensler

200 Park Avenue office interior, rendering by Gensler

200 Park Avenue seen from the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts open plaza, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

200 Park Avenue seen from the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts open plaza, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

While the project does include a significant amount of parking, a portion of the above-ground parking levels are designed to be converted to office space in the future. Of the 1,755 spaces, 125 parking spots will be included on-site for the adjacent Hyatt Hotel, part of a deal struck before the development demolished the hotel parking garage. There will also be a bicycle locker with showers for the cycling commuters.

200 Park is located at the intersection of Almaden Boulevard and Park Avenue, ideally situated between the pedestrian heart of the city around West San Carlos Street and the San Jose Convention Center.

200 Park Avenue seen from across Plaza de Cesar Chavez and the Tech Interactive Museum dome, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

200 Park Avenue seen from across Plaza de Cesar Chavez and the Tech Interactive Museum dome, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

200 Park Avenue view looking east along Park Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

200 Park Avenue view looking east along Park Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The offices will be across the street from another development in the works by Jay Paul Company, Cityview Plaza. Demolition work has officially finished for the Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed bank at 199 Park Avenue, while much of the rest of the site is bordered by fencing. Cityview, also designed by Gensler, will see the construction of 3.8 million square feet across three towers connected by sky bridges and a web of public open space.

200 Park Avenue seen from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

200 Park Avenue seen from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

180 Park Avenue demolition site with 200 Park Avenue in the background, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

180 Park Avenue demolition site with 200 Park Avenue in the background, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

200 Park Avenue, rendering by Gensler

200 Park Avenue, rendering by Gensler

Immediately adjacent to 200 Park Avenue, demolition work is making progress on Park Habitat at 180 Park Avenue. It is the first project in the Westbank Campus in San Jose to make physical progress. For more information, see our other story published this morning.

Jay Paul Company reportedly purchased 200 Park for $50 million, though the total development price tag could exceed a billion dollars, according to reporting by the Bay Area News Group circa 2019. Construction was estimated to finish by the middle of next year, 2023, with a capacity for up to 4,400 workers.

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