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Santa Clara Squares Marks Topping Out Milestone With Dignitaries, 300 Workers

The Irvine Company marked a major milestone on Oct. 28 as the last steel beam on Ericsson’s office campus was hoisted into place at Santa Clara Square, a master planned office campus and specialty retail center being built at Great America Parkway and the 101 freeway in the heart of Silicon Valley.

To mark the occasion, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews, Vice Mayor Jerry Marsalli and Councilman Pat Kolstad joined the Irvine Company and about 300 workers from builder Hathaway Dinwiddie and its subcontractors. The event featured remarks from the mayor, Irvine Company’s Carlene Matchniff, Hathaway Dinwiddie Chief Executive Greg Cosko and Ericsson representatives.

The Irvine Company is building a 410,000-square-foot campus for global networking company Ericsson on the west side of Santa Clara Square. Ericsson, one the world’s top providers of technology and services for telecommunications, mobile and television networks, will bring about 2,000 employees to Santa Clara Square starting in late 2015.

The Irvine Company’s Santa Clara Square master plan includes 1.5 million square feet of state-of-the-art campus office workspace in buildings designed by renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York and an approximately 125,000-square-foot specialty shopping center.

Santa Clara Square is comprehensively designed as a workplace and retail community where people can be their most productive in a campus environment complete with outdoor workplaces, a fitness center, conference facilities and upscale dining, shopping and services connected by inviting pedestrian walkways.

With an elegant design inspired by early California and Mediterranean styles, Santa Clara Square Marketplace will feature an gourmet natural grocer and upscale restaurants, including some concepts entirely new to Northern California. The restaurants of Santa Clara Square Marketplace make the most of Silicon Valley’s climate with outdoor terraces for elegant al fresco dining. Framed by lush landscaping and red brick paseos, the dining terraces are the perfect setting for an after-work meal or a night out with colleagues, friends or family.

The center also will include causal restaurants, unique shops and convenient services, all within walking distance for Santa Clara Square employees and nearby residents.

The topping out of Santa Clara Square’s first office buildings ― two six-story buildings and one eight-story building ― came in just four short months. To get an idea of how big the project is, take a look at these construction facts:

The office buildings

  • 5,500 tons of steel
  • 397,000 linear feet of conduit pipe
  • 10,000 yards of concrete
  • 280 workers

Parking structure

  • 1.5 million tons of concrete
  • 30,300 tons of steel cables
  • 67,000 linear feet of conduit pipe
  • 7,954 yards of concrete

Santa Clara Square is part of the Irvine Company’s long-term commitment to Silicon Valley, where it has operated for nearly 20 years. The company owns and operates market-leading office workplaces and apartment communities across Silicon Valley, including seven resort-style communities within five miles of Santa Clara Square in North San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Santa Clara.