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Commonwealth Corporate Center
Feb 5, 2017


Once the site of an old bottling plant, the 13-acre Commonwealth Corporate Center development is helping to revitalize Menlo Park, Calif.’s “M2” district, a largely industrial area on the city’s east side. The campus includes two 130,000-square-foot structural-steel office buildings that stand four stories tall along with outdoor dining areas and a sports court. 

This was a high-end and architecturally focused project that included constructing concrete bioswale curbs that function more as retaining walls and highly decorative straight and radius concrete walls with a natural board-form finish. Joseph J. Albanese Inc. provided pump, place and finish services as well as all site concrete work. 

Project specifications included multiple finishes and colors, including a “board-form” finish for the walls that was particularly challenging to achieve. JJA used a rough-hewn natural board form in lieu of a traditional form liner to produce the natural look that project stakeholders wanted. 

Project Details 

Project name: Commonwealth Corporate Center 

Project date: March 2015 – February 2016 

Client: Sobrato Development Companies 

Scope: Formwork; reinforcement; concrete supply, pump, place and finish; slabs on grade and metal deck

Stats: 13,000 linear feet of curbs 38,000 square feet of flatwork 500 linear feet of walls 167,100 square feet of slabs on grade and metal deck (two buildings)