Symposium: The Future Real Estate and Space Needs of the Tech Industry in the Bay Area
Speakers will discuss the needs, opportunities, and challenges that the real estate development industry will face in meeting the Bay Area high tech sector's evolving needs over the coming decade. Issues explored will include the space, design, and locational characteristics that tech firms require.
The symposium is organized by the SJSU Department of Urban and Regional Planning’s Certificate Program in Real Estate Development.
Day/time: Thursday, April 25, 8:30 am – 12:15 pm
Location: San Jose State University, Student Union, Loma Prieta Room (campus map)
Press coverage of the event
Nathan Donato-Weinstein, "Tech Real Estate: 6 Crucial Issues in Silicon Valley," Silicon Valley Business Journal, April 26, 2013
Pat Lopes Harris, "SJSU Launches Certificate in Real Estate Development," SJSU Today, April 28, 2013
Vince Ei, "New Real Estate Program for Grad Students Available This Fall," Spartan Daily, April 28, 2013
Continental breakfast (8:30 – 9:00 am)
Welcome and Opening Remarks (9:00 – 9:15 am)
Mohammad H. Qayoumi - President of SJSU
Sheila Bienenfeld - Dean of the SJSU College of Social Sciences
Asha Weinstein Agrawal - Chair of the SJSU Urban & Regional Planning Department
Opening session: Where are we now, how did we get here, and where are we going? The evolution of high tech real estate development in the Bay Area from 2000 – 2020 (9:15 – 9:45 am)
Philip A. Mahoney - Executive Vice President, Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank
Ellis M. Berns - Assistant Community Development Director/Economic Development Manager,
City of Mountain View copy of presentation here
Panel #1: What will future high-tech commercial development look like? (9:45 – 10:45 am)
This panel will explore such questions as where within the region new tech office space will be located, what functional amenities for employees will be needed on the site, and future work space designs.
Ed Axelsen - Director of Real Estate & Facilities, Twitter
Jay Bechtel - Real Estate Project Executive, Google
(Moderator: Scott Lefaver - Planning Commissioner, County of Santa Clara, and Chair of SJSU’s Certificate Program in Real Estate Development Advisory Committee)
Coffee break (10:45 – 11:00am)
Panel #2: Implementing the vision: challenges and opportunities (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Craig Almeleh - Founder & Senior Principal, ARC TEC, Inc.
Hanson Hom - Director of Community Development, City of Sunnyvale
Tim Steele - Senior Director for Real Estate Planning, The Sobrato Organization
(Moderator: Mark Lazzarini - Managing Principal, DAL Properties LLC, and Member of SJSU’s Certificate Program in Real Estate Development Advisory Committee)
Closing remarks (12:00 – 12:15 pm)
Ralph McLaughlin - Assistant Professor of SJSU’s Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Certificate Program in Real Estate Development
Many thanks to our generous co-sponsors.
Symposium Organizing Committee
Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Chair and Associate Professor, SJSU, Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Scott Lefaver, Planning Commissioner, County of Santa Clara, and Chair of SJSU's Certificate Program in Real Estate Development Advisory Committee
Mark Lazzarini, Managing Principal, DAL Properties LLC and Member of SJSU's Certificate Program in Real Estate Development Advisory Committee
Ralph McLaughlin, Co-Director of SJSU's Certificate Program in Real Estate Development Advisory Committee and Assistant Professor, SJSU, Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Jason Su, President of the Urban Planning Coalition and Master of Urban Planning student at SJSU