Telegraph Tower TelegraphTower, a 28-story tower at 2201 Valley St., straddles Oakland'sindustrial past and office future.

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OAKLAND, CA—Telegraph Tower, developed by TMG Partners andendorsed by mayor Libby Schaaf as a key element of Uptown Oakland'sdevelopment, provides 875,000 square feet of next generation officespace with large floorplates, high ceilings, the latest technologyand building amenities. Solomon Cordwell Buenz is both thearchitect and interior designer on the development.

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The architectural design of the 28-story tower located at 2201Valley St. is straddled between Oakland's industrial past and thecity's future as a growing business hub. Its angular image isframed by an industrial-inspired patinaed metal seam that runsthroughout the building. Private roof terraces on the sixth, 18thand 28th floors provide west-facing views of the San FranciscoBay.

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"Telegraph Tower represents a new design approach to urbanoffice towers. We were really influenced by the uniqueness ofOakland as a place, from the varying scales of the existing urbanfabric to the rich materiality of its industrial past, to thevibrancy of its amazing arts scene," said Chris Pemberton,president of Solomon Cordwell Buenz. "It was important to us tocreate a building that feels like a continuation of the city'sstory."

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The interior floorplates of Telegraph Tower offer up to 37,000square feet of office space with wide column-free spans and 11½-foot-tall glass exposures.

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Collaboration and wellness are key to the design. The buildingfeatures a 10,000-square-foot fitness and wellness center, acommunity theater, street-level retail, a cafe and gallery space. Amind-blowing 33 balconies provide each level with outdoorspace.

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"Telegraph Tower leads the next generation of office buildingsfor Oakland with its emphasis on expansive open floorplates, someof the highest ceilings of any Bay Area office building and a largeproportion of outdoor space," said Michael Covarrubias, chairmanand CEO of TMG Partners. "We took every lesson we have learnedabout what companies want today and designed Telegraph Tower as aworkplace environment that is entirely focused on delivering theright employee experience."

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Ground-breaking for Telegraph Tower is slated for mid-2020.

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"This office building is one of our bigger projects in Oakland,supported by huge trusses and located on the BART line," StrachanForgan, principal of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, tells GlobeSt.com."One of the most noteworthy parts of this design is that the lowerlevel parking garage has the same exterior materials as the upperlevel office space in a shadow box design. But this puzzle parkingcan easily be removed if the need for parking is lessened in thefuture."

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Puzzle parking systems utilize existing space in the bestpossible way. The automated parking systems are provided by anumber of manufacturers, with Klaus Parking being one of thelargest.

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With its Parking Automats, one vacant space on the entry levelallows for horizontal and vertical shifting of all platforms. Atthe press of a button, the system automatically moves the platformsinto the desired position. An access/exit lane must be available onthe middle level to comply with local regulations, GlobeSt.comlearns.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.