Redwood City Envisions Downtown Renaissance with Crossing 900Mar 25 2014 · 0 comments · Commercial, Mixed-Use, NISHKIAN MENNINGER, Office / Corporate Campus ·0
Crossing 900 is the largest office project planned for Redwood City’s downtown area. The 300,000 square foot development boasts a planned LEED Gold rating, views of the bay and peninsula hillside, parking for over 900, and 5,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space. All will be located a short walk away from the Redwood City Caltrain Station, on a 2.3-acre site formerly occupied by a parking lot. The project developers, Kilroy Realty and Hunter/Storm Properties anticipate the office space for over 1,000 employees will be desirable and fill up fast when construction is completed in 2015.
Redwood City officials hope to bring new businesses and employees to the downtown area, and to be as environmentally friendly as possibly when doing it. With over 1,000 new residential units also planned for the downtown Redwood City area, the hope is for people to live and work in the growing area.
The building was designed by Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects to fit the needs of today’s growing businesses. Two steel-framed, midrise towers will sit above a podium, with parking and retail below. Nishkian Menninger provided the structural design for Crossing 900, which employs special steel moment-resisting frames as its lateral system. The steel moment frames are designed to resist earthquakes without obstructing the 360 degree views of the area. Moment frames allow for increased architectural flexibility over braced frames, and in the case of Crossing 900, they also presented a significant economic advantage over a braced frame design. Furthermore, the frames use bolted stiffened extended end-plate (BSEP) moment connections to achieve high ductility. The BSEP connection presented an additional savings over the more commonly encountered Reduced Beam Section (RBS) moment connection. Like the RBS, the BSEP is a prequalified connection under AISC-358 and is made by welding the frame beam to an end plate and bolting the end plate to the frame column.
The concrete mat foundation has been poured and construction has been continuing at a good pace. To watch the progress of the Crossing 900 project, Redwood City has webcams set up from multiple angles, or if you are on Caltrain, the project is right off the tracks just south of the Redwood City station. For a video showing renderings of the finished project, click here.