Green Building Goes Big-Time p 06
A New Generation of Office Design p 16
Becoming Friends with Social Media p 20
BR Takes the LEED in Sustainability
Farmers Market Brings Fresh to the Fore
Gourmet Food Trucks: A Feast on Wheels
Tri-Valley Makes High Tech Feel at Home
The Business Side of Social Media
Office Design Gets an Extreme Makeover
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A Note from Bishop Ranch
welcome to Bishop Ranch’s newest publi-
Ranch. While large corporate customers
showcase our community and highlight in-
business, we are now proud to be home
cation: Ranch. We’ve created this piece to
dustry trends that we have been incorporating here in recent months and years.
Bishop Ranch is a 585-acre development in San Ramon, California. Purchased by
Sunset Development Company in September of 1978, it has been evolving as an industry leader ever since. We are now home to
more than 10 million square feet of offices and 30,000 users.
In our early days, creating a revolutionary,
iconic business community was our priority. Starting from raw land, we had an opportu-
nity to set a new standard as suburban office environments sprang up nationwide. This
meant a focus on value, quality, affordability, and transportation. This focus drove us to
take an integrated approach to the project, where Sunset could ensure high standards by acting as the principal, the planner, the general contractor, the leasing agent, and the manager. This model was not new for
Sunset as it had been central to our success in master-planned community construction
since 1951. Today in 2012, we remain stead-
fastly committed to this model and are proud
to be one of the premier business communities in the world with an unrivaled tenant roster. The nationwide slowdown in ground-up
construction has allowed for an introspective
period of product enhancement and improvement at Bishop Ranch. Hard times have
allowed Bishop Ranch to differentiate itself
with Sunset’s stable commitment to quality, offering customers continued value through difficult economic times. New programs in-
clude our BR Ready prebuilt office program, mobile gourmet trucks, new collaborative
workspaces, sustainability, farmers markets, B2B seminars, and social gatherings. These
programs serve to accent strong fundamentals and have driven customer satisfaction.
have always been our “bread and butter” to hundreds of small businesses who have come to Bishop Ranch through our BR
Ready program. Additionally, we are excited by recent leases completed with General
Electric and Pacific Gas and Electric, both
of whom are anchoring high-value operations at Bishop Ranch. General Electric is in
the development stages of a San Ramon
software center that CEO Jeff Immelt has
predicted will become one of the company’s
key growth markets. Pacific Gas and Electric will build an operational nerve center for all of Northern California. These two transactions were not only recognitions of Bishop
Ranch’s offerings, but more so they are an indicator of the type of employee demographic that companies will tap into by
locating here. A highly educated workforce, diverse housing stock, a safe environment,
and multiple recreational alternatives make our area second to none.
We would be remiss not to recognize and thank our long-term anchor customers,
with whom we have enjoyed many years of productive and cooperative relationships,
including Bank of the West, Chevron, Robert Half International, Hill Physicians, Armanino McKenna and 24 Hour Fitness, IBM, Ford, Toyota, Chubb, NY Life, Nestlé…many of whom have been with us for more than 20 years.
As Bishop Ranch evolves into the future,
we are most excited about the vibrant com-
munity that has grown here. Walking through the complexes, one can feel the hum of
productivity, the balance of work and life,
and the sheer quality of the work environment. Please enjoy the first edition of Ranch
and stop by to experience Bishop Ranch for yourself.
The programs have resulted in substan-
tial changes in our tenant profile at Bishop iv
New to Bishop Ranch Sep 2011
Bank of the West (BNP) expands at Bishop
marketing, support, and business continuity,
Ranch, bringing their total presence to more
serving tens of thousands of agents working
than 325,000 square feet, from their initial
for customers of all sizes on five continents,
240,000 leased in 2009.
announced its plan to relocate its global headquarters to Bishop Ranch in San Ramon and
signed a full floor lease of 50,000 square feet.
General Electric leases 125,000 square
feet in Bishop Ranch to house 400 software engineers in what it is calling a $1 billion
global software research center working to
create its vision for the "industrial internet."
Pacific Gas and Electric leases 250,000
square feet in Bishop Ranch to house 800 people and a state-of-the-art gas control
center, responsible for monitoring and ad-
Black & Veatch, a $2.3 billion world-class engineering, consulting, and construction
justing gas pressures in PG&E's vast network of pipelines 24 hours a day.
leader, announced plans to lease 15,000 square feet in Bishop Ranch.
Kaiser Permanente finalizes its purchase
of 2300 Camino Ramon, a building in Bishop Ranch, for a 73,000 square foot outpatient medical facility, boosting Bishop Ranchâ€™s established medical presence at Bishop Ranch 11.
Five9, the leading global provider of
cloud-based call center software for sales, 2
On-site Level 3 Charger fully charges electric vehicles in less than 20 minutes
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Taking the LEED on a gray, windy day in early february,
made up of more than 15,000 companies and
the nation’s preeminent consulting firms for
more sustainable buildings and communities.
Barry Giles, founder of BuildingWise, one of high-performance buildings, strolls along
a walkway at San Ramon’s Bishop Ranch,
pointing out buildings like a museum guide might linger over a favorite work of art.
“Now, this one here, it was very close to
being Silver,” says Giles, his eyes scanning
the horizon. “We just needed to install some new flush valves. And over there, that one
was in great shape, too. So even though the project was huge, a lot was done before we ever got involved.”
The project Giles referred to is perhaps the
most ambitious LEED certification effort ever undertaken: a coordinated effort to certify
every one of Bishop Ranch’s multistory build-
Building sustainability from the ground floor up 6
ings—more than 10 million square feet in all. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an education and certification program created in 2000 by
the United States Green Building Council
(USGBC)—a nonprofit, volunteer consortium
organizations dedicated to creating greener,
Alex Mehran Jr., general manager of Sunset
Development, the principal developer of Bishop Ranch, says that LEED certification is an
important validation of what the company has
been doing for more than three decades to create a truly eco-friendly business environment. “We saw from the very beginning that
sustainability was essential to smart development,” Mehran says. “This included
everything from efficient building design to land planning that provides tenants with
ample open space. In the long term, what
may have seemed like an uneconomic shortterm investment yielded huge long-term
value in a campus that is not only efficient, but is also a great place to spend time. It was both good for the environment and good for business.”
According to Giles, Bishop Ranch is the largest and most varied portfolio of properties to have undergone the LEED certification pro-
cess at a single time. And when the process
the certification has to be rigorous enough
largest LEED-certified business community in
onerous that building owners simply throw up
is complete, the development will be the
America. Giles should know. He helped write the first LEED guidelines for existing buildings, and since then has helped shepherd
more than 100 buildings through the process. Back in his San Francisco office, Giles recalls how he first came to partner with Bishop
Ranch. “In 2009 I got a phone call from Alex asking if we could meet. BuildingWise had
done a big project with Chevron, one of their major tenants, and Alex wanted us to look
at the rest of his portfolio. He already knew quite a bit about what LEED meant, both
operationally and environmentally. And at the end of the meeting, he just said, ‘I want a
plaque on every building. Let’s get to work.’” Work they did. The project began with Build-
ingWise determining how many LEED credits, or points, Bishop Ranch had already ac-
crued as part of its day-to-day operations.
Giles and his team, together with the Bishop Ranch facilities staff, combed over every
square foot of the massive development,
carefully measuring and recording the myriad factors required for certification—from water and energy usage to how much natural light
the windows let in. The results were encouraging. “We found that Bishop Ranch was
already doing a lot of the things that would score points,” says Giles, “even though
Bishop Ranch wasn’t specifically doing them for that purpose.” This included upgrading
hundreds of bathrooms to reduce water con-
sumption and installing air filters to make the indoor air in each Bishop Ranch building as clean as a hospital operating room.
The initial analysis took a full month and in-
volved a dedicated team of BuildingWise and
to be valid. On the other hand, it can’t be so
Meanwhile, back at Bishop Ranch, the
Effectively communicating the positive im-
Bishop Ranch’s buildings will be Gold Rated,
pact of LEED certification has been a major hurdle for the USGBC, and one reason that the program has yet to gain the level of
acceptance its creators envisioned. Even
with the rest slated to achieve that ranking soon thereafter. Ironically, that’s when the real work begins.
increase in net operating income and have
the end,” says Giles. “That’s not to say it
LEED buildings generate a 7 to 12 percent a far lower cost of ownership, less than 3
percent of all commercial office space in the United States is LEED certified.
So why isn’t LEED certification more sought after? Many critics say the certification
process is too complex and the required paperwork too burdensome. Still others
point to a ratings system that can at times
seem arbitrary and counterproductive, citing
a classic example (since rectified) of a build-
ing owner getting the same amount of points for installing an electric car powering sta-
tion as for a heat recovery system that would save $500,000 a year in energy costs. In
response, the USGBC has continually revised
their plaque goes up is the day their build-
ing will operate at its worst condition. Then I
challenge them: do something every day that improves your building’s performance by just
one percent. That’s where the magic happens. And that’s what Bishop Ranch is doing.”
leed: what’s it mean? in addition to being a
globally recognized stamp of sustainability, leed is a framework that identifies and
“In the final analysis, the LEED plaque you see in a building is the start of the job, not
doesn’t signify a real achievement. But if you
implements eco-friendly solutions that help buildings minimize their environmental impact, conserve natural resources, and improve the lives of their occupants.
“We see LEED certification as a springboard for constant improvement.”
its ratings system, taking into consideration
just rest on your laurels, if you don’t operate
through independent, third-party verifica-
improvements in heating and cooling sys-
and detail it took to get the plaque, it might
awarded points in five major categories:
new building materials and techniques,
tems, and people-friendly practices such
as alternative transportation and flex sched-
the building with the same amount of care as well be made of tin.”
tion, building owners and operators are
sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
uling. They’ve also developed specific rating
Mehran concurs. “We see LEED certification
and retail; increased their focus on interiors
We are working with PG&E to help pilot its
the more points earned, the higher the
are installing towel dispensers with sen-
points–leed silver, 60 points–leed gold, 80
systems for schools, health-care facilities, and existing buildings; and weighted the
system to more properly recognize energy efficiency, renewable energy, and a site’s
overall carbon footprint. All are changes that Giles heartily applauds.
seem intimidating but is ultimately necessary
what the USGBC is doing. They’re being more
manage what you don’t measure. I think that’s pragmatic about what it means to be ‘green.’
“There’s a very fine line that the US Green
"Because of that, they’re recognizing there
TAKING THE LEED
Building Council has to walk. On one hand,
process continues. By this summer, 20 of
though numerous studies have shown that
“One of my favorite sayings is that you can’t
if LEED is to remain a meaningful benchmark.
much more flexible and transparent process.”
their hands and say, ‘It’s just not worth it.’”
Bishop Ranch personnel. According to Giles, it’s a time- and labor-intensive effort that can
a building truly high-performance. So it’s a
are multiple angles one can take to make
as a springboard for constant improvement. automatic demand response initiatives, we
sors to save paper, and we have diverted all of our green waste to on-site composting
facilities. We also continue to push our long-
standing initiatives in the fields of transporta-
leed rating: 40 points–leed certified, 50 points–leed platinum.
here in the bay area, notable leed projects include the adobe headquarters in san
tion, high-quality green cleaning, recycling,
jose and san francisco’s transamerica
square footage, we have endless possibilities
platinum certification. for more information
and sustainable construction. With so much to make a big impact.”
It’s all part of what Giles refers to as his One
pyramid, also a buildingwise client and leed on leed, visit www.usgbc.org/leed and www.buildingwise.net.
Percent Rule. “I tell my clients that the day
The Omnivore's Delight
as one drives through the East Bay’s bus-
tling I-680 corridor, it’s hard to imagine that just two generations ago this place was an
agricultural oasis. Old farmhouses have given
way to single-family homes; where boulevards that crisscross the landscape were once row
upon row of fruit trees. However, there’s still a
place where one can literally get a taste of this area’s rich agricultural heritage: the Farmers
Market at Bishop Ranch. Home to more than 50 purveyors of farm-fresh meats, produce, artisanal foods, and handmade crafts, this
biweekly event has quickly become a destina-
tion for those looking to fill their baskets—and lives—with something more authentic than
prepackaged fare. Marjorie Graham of San
Ramon has been a regular since the market
was located in its old Forest Home Farms location and appreciates not just the abundant selection, but the sense of community. “San
Ramon doesn’t really have a downtown,” she
said on a recent Saturday, pulling a red Radio Flyer wagon brimming with apples, potatoes,
and bright red peppers. “So it’s great to come and see all the families, the kids, the really
great food—it’s kind of like a big block party!” It’s an authentic vibe that Harv Singh, the
market’s executive director, thinks is more important than ever. “You never meet the people who build your car or make your clothes.
But here, you get to know the people who
grow your food. There’s a real connection.
It’s honest. It’s local. And I think people really appreciate that.” Just one visit shows you
why. Rows of brightly colored tents shelter a
dazzling array of straight-from-the-field fruits and vegetables. People mingle and meet,
the aroma of kettle corn and freshly baked
enchiladas vying for their attention. And over
in the corner next to the freshly cut flowers, a really a wonderful place to shop,” says Steve
Mantz, an architect and Bishop Ranch tenant. “I’ll grab some things at the Thursday market during lunch. And then the whole family will
come down on Saturday morning.” With that, Mantz takes a bite from a crisp Sierra Beauty apple and smiles. “The only problem is, the food doesn’t always make it home.” 10
Photo courtesy of Tammy Gordon
guitarist gently strums an old Dylan tune. “It’s
San Ramon Farmers Market grows at Bishop Ranch 11
Gourmet Food Trucks Give New Meaning to Dining Out from the day of the first barbecue,
coming together to eat has been an essential human experience. Even today, in our
high-tech, fast-paced world, taking the time to share a moment and a meal is one of
life’s true pleasures. At least that’s what Matt Cohen thinks.
Cohen is the founder of Off the Grid
(offthegridsf.com), a coalition of Bay Area gourmet food trucks and a driving force
behind the “mobile foodie phenomenon.” By
offering everything from Chinese baked buns (bao) to chicken tikka masala burritos to
handmade crêpes suzette, Off the Grid’s mobile chefs are rapidly running old-fashioned
“roach coaches” off the road. And yet, Cohen thinks their popularity has as much to do with the experience as the menu.
“I think it's natural to want to be in a place
that feels energized,” he says from his San
Francisco headquarters. “So we try to create spontaneous communities where people can gather for great food, but also have encounters with co-workers, neighbors, and friends
that are outside traditional places, like an office or their house.”
It’s an idea that’s captured the imagination—
Says Cohen, “In the Bay Area, it’s very hard for small food service businesses to get
credit and capital to launch a new restau-
rant. So for talented chefs that can't afford to take the leap, food trucks are an attrac-
tive alternative. The start-up costs are lower. And the menu’s smaller, so chefs can really
concentrate on the dishes they do best. It’s like every truck is a signature experience.” An experience that’s absolutely booming.
From an original band of just five trucks in
2010, Off the Grid has grown to represent 60 trucks, and its weekly Friday night happen-
ing at Fort Mason attracts upwards of 10,000 hungry souls drawn by 30 trucks, a full bar, and live music.
In addition to The City, Off the Grid trucks can be found all over the Bay Area: in San Mateo, Berkeley, Marin, and since last year, in San
Ramon’s Bishop Ranch. According to Cohen, Bishop Ranch is one of their fastest growing engagements. “We began with four trucks,
once a week, at one site. This year we’ll do
16 trucks, twice a week, at four locations. It’s really mushroomed.” And when Cohen says
"mushroom," he means grilled portobello with shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinaigrette. From a truck. With a friend.
not to mention the appetite—of legions
of fans, as well as a generation of rising
chefs who are bypassing brick-and-mortar restaurants to take their creations directly to the people.
Gourmet food trucks at Bishop Ranch serve up extraordinary variety
Reworking the Workplace
ask doug wittnebel whom he considers
among the world’s most influential workplace
designers, and you’d expect his answer might be Clive Wilkinson, the celebrated designer
of Googleplex, Google’s modernistic Moun-
tain View headquarters. Or going back further, maybe Frank Lloyd Wright, whose modern
layouts for the Larkin Building or the Johnson Wax Building predated the current benching
seat layouts of many technology companies. Instead, Wittnebel, a design director in the
San Ramon office of Gensler, a global design firm that’s been a leader in workplace de-
sign innovation for decades, looks up from
his iPad and says simply, “Conan O’Brien.” Surely you don’t mean Conan O’Brien, the comedian and late-night talk show host?
“Yeah, actually I do,” says Wittnebel with a
smile. “Not in the sense that he designs for the workplace, but rather from the strong
public reaction to a bit he did a few years
ago at Intel. Since then, our clients invariably come to us and say, ‘Whatever you do, we don’t want that!’”
The bit Wittnebel refers to is now part of
Silicon Valley lore. In it, O’Brien is given a
guided tour of Intel’s Santa Clara headquarters, where he’s introduced to the classic
old-school Valley workplace—a monotonous, soul-numbing maze of high-walled cubicles,
where employees identify themselves by what pillar they’re near (“I’m an E-4”), and first-time visitors need a trail of bread crumbs to find their way out.
It’s the kind of workplace design Wittnebel is only too happy to see being torn down, one gray cubicle wall at a time.
Gensler’s San Ramon Office at BR 1
New office designs foster collaboration and creativity
“Workplace design today is much more reflective of social and technological dynamics,” he says. “We carry our office in our iPads. So the
actual physical location is less a place to work as it is a place to meet, to gather and collaborate. It’s more about sharing than staking out a space and saying, ‘This is mine.’”
It’s a new way of designing that has profound 17
implications not only on how we work, but
that were more horizontal and less hierarchi-
sparking conversations and collaborations
corner office to aspire to, how will we know
important than accomplishing tasks, and the
or her own little world. The result? Between
how we define success. After all, if there’s no when we’ve “made it”?
Perhaps we should blame Frederick Taylor.
cal; where generating ideas became more traditional roles of worker and boss were replaced by the concept of team.
Scion of a wealthy Philadelphia family, Taylor
Designers soon picked up on this shift. Walls
applying scientific principles to create a more
and workflow were rerouted to create areas
was a successful engineer obsessed with productive, efficient workplace. His pio-
neering time and motion studies led him to
publish The Principles of Scientific Management in 1911, in which he argued that work
was best accomplished by highly trained and
came down. Blinds came up. Foot traffic
of spontaneous collaboration where people
that wouldn’t happen if each stayed in his
precise effects of our work. For example,
So does workplace design mirror our behav-
open now, we’ve found that people still need
their releases—Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo
and Up—ranking among the top 50 highestgrossing films of all time.
Wittnebel is referring to the legendary ad
modern corporate life as work-sharing and
“1984” commercial and today serves as a
and people-friendly is now as entrenched in
environment? According to Wittnebel, it takes
a lot more than just tearing down cubicles and putting in a Ping-Pong table.
“We classically think of workplace design
in terms of its physical components: walls
and desks and meeting rooms. But design
is also about processes and systems. What business are you in? Do you have clients
or customers in on a regular basis? What’s your workflow? We have to answer a lot of One of the most famous examples of using
were staying on task, Taylor advocated that
ated, not surprisingly, by Steve Jobs. In
Many of these questions are answered through
obsessive attention to detail and design to
Gensler’s proprietary process for identifying,
mance. And in the corner where he could see
space to shape corporate culture was cre1999 as the head of Pixar, he applied his
influence the construction of the studio’s Emeryville headquarters.
the first step.”
the Workplace Productivity Index (WPI),
implementing, and quantifying what changes, if any, a company should make.
all, the Top Man.
First he had the entire building arranged
Wittnebel explains, “The Workplace Produc-
While many of Taylor’s theories were later
mailboxes in the lobby, followed by meeting
or satisfaction within the workplace. From
refuted, the essential nature of the office re-
mained unchanged through most of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the 1970s that many
social scientists and management theorists began to break free from Taylor’s grip. Re-
flecting the social and cultural upheavals of
the ’60s, they advocated creating companies 18
questions before we even consider taking
specialized employees performing discrete,
their behavior and measure their perfor-
REWORKING THE WORKPLACE
think. We don’t want our clients repeating
of the workplace as being open, flexible,
And not every company is Pixar. But the idea
tional needs, while still being a productive
surrounded by managers who could observe
quiet places where they can be alone and
building a group dynamic that yielded new
that meets its employees’ physical and emo-
modern office was born: a sea of workers
even though workspaces are generally more
Of course, not every boss is Steve Jobs.
ways of thinking and working together.
around a central atrium. Then he put the
rooms, the cafeteria, gift shop, and coffee
bar. He even went so far as to locate the only bathrooms in the entire building in the lobby.
(He later relented and installed a second set.)
tivity Index gauges the level of productivity
a single set of data, we’re able to establish
what’s working and what’s not, and benchmark the results.”
Jobs’s idea was simple. Everyone from writ-
Based upon their findings, Gensler is then
literally forced to run into each other, thus
a company’s unique needs and goals. And,
ers to producers to crew members would be
arrangements is far easier than it might have
mercial and critical success, with three of
says Wittnebel, "we’re able to pinpoint the
from different departments with different perspectives would be exposed to each other,
to forgo fixed spaces in favor of more fluid
“By applying a very careful methodology,”
films that garnered unprecedented com-
So how does a company create a workplace
they be constantly monitored. Thus, the
cess to quantify the results.
the office, they are the office.” Asking them
1999 and 2011, Pixar produced a string of
repetitive tasks. To ensure that employees
once a project is complete, repeat the pro-
able to provide focused solutions to meet
what happened at Chiat\Day.”
agency that created the famous Apple
cautionary tale of design overreach. In the
early ’90s the firm completely dismantled all
its offices in favor of “hot-desking”—providing employees with cell phones and laptops and refusing to provide designated work-
spaces. CEO Jay Chiat would even walk the floor and force people to move who’d been
occupying a space for more than a day. The result was sheer disaster. People began
forming secret departments, sending in different team members to claim office space
and refusing to turn in their laptops and cell
been just a decade ago.
ior or help shape it? It’s a question Wittnebel
“I think the answer is a little bit of both,” he
says, “and let me give you an example. I ran a design office in Bangkok for four years. Now, traffic in Bangkok is just horrible, so my staff wouldn’t arrive at work until about 10 a.m.
What does that have to do with design? Well, once people got to the office, they tended
not to leave. From 10 in the morning until 8 at night, they’d be at their desks, which meant
they ate at their desks. And not one big meal, but constant small snacks throughout the
day. From a design perspective, that meant
we had to provide a surface next to their work surface where they could cut and prepare
food. We also had to move the kitchen and
bathrooms closer to the central work area. So that’s design mirroring behavior.”
phones at the end of each day. Turf wars
And what about design shaping behavior?
prime real estate to themselves. Five years
an overweight Thai.”
erupted, and senior staff pulled rank to keep later, Chiat\Day scrapped the idea, and its
“Well,” laughs Wittnebel, “you very rarely saw
employees returned, happily, to their offices.
about gensler: since 1965 gensler has been
That’s not to say hot-desking has fallen
new areas of expertise to serve the growing
completely out of favor. Corporations like
IBM and Microsoft still practice it, and thanks
designing for the workplace, while adding
needs of their clients. they’ve gone from a handful of employees at the start to more
to advances in high-speed Internet, cheap
than 3,000 people today, with 43 locations
ing where Chiat\Day failed. Part of the reason
has maintained a
laptops, and Wi-Fi, many firms are succeedis as much economic as technological. As
around the world. as it has grown, gensler
firm firm” philosophy,
which allows them to capitalize on a wide
a result of the Great Recession, many firms
range of talent and skill sets throughout
less, and because hot-desking requires much
design and problem-solving for our clients
have become very adept at doing more with
less space, they’ve found they can generate
is one of our core strengths,” says matin
more dollars per square foot. Another fac-
tor is social. Today’s employees, especially younger ones, are quite comfortable com-
municating via mobile devices wherever they are, whenever they want. They feel, in the
words of one pundit, “that they don’t go to
integrated approach to
zargari, principal and managing director of the san ramon office.
allows us to serve
them with small, dedicated teams while
accessing the benefits and resources of a large firm.”
Socially Acceptable with 800 million users and counting,
Sutton said when they asked why he robbed
vasive social media platform ever created—a
book is where the people are.
Facebook is easily the most popular and pergame-changer that’s literally reshaped the
banks, “That’s where the money is.” Face-
way we think and communicate. All of which
How has it changed the way companies
all, with so many people spending so much
There’s your first mistake right there (LAUGHS).
has not been lost on businesspeople. After
time there, it’s an incredibly powerful way for companies to connect with a vast audience of interested, engaged users.
But like any medium, there’s a right way
and a wrong way to use Facebook. Which
is why Ranch recently sat down with Steve
Nelson, “Free Floating Electron” at AP42, an
market to their customers?
It’s not marketing or messaging. It’s not even
about two-way conversations, “Oh, I can talk to my customers, they can talk to me, and I can listen to them,” and so on. It’s really more about a place you can facilitate ex-
tended and continued conversations among your customers. You’re the host.
advertising, branding, and technology agen-
I don’t want to be a host. I want to sell stuff.
New Marketing. Nelson has seen the rise of
of what people do now starts with a search.
cy that humbly promotes itself as Masters of social media from the very beginning. In fact, he was one of the very first people to use it, posting messages on Usenet, an early part of the Internet and a precursor to modern
social media. And for the last three decades, he’s been a serial entrepreneur, writer, and
and human behavior have developed in new, and often unexpected, ways.
Why should companies be on Facebook?
It’s like what the old-time bank robber Willie 20
And more and more, search engine optimization relies upon the validation of the social space to say, “Yeah, you’re relevant. You
have value. So we’re going to return you in a search ranking when people ask for, say, the best office supply store.” So simply
having your presence there is the first step to selling.
Ninety-five percent of success is just showing up. Exactly.
Steve Nelson of AP42
lecturer on how technology, marketing,
Then you need to remember that so much
How (and how not) to create your social media presence 21
So what happens when I have a presence
up a page that looks like you’re going to be
The first thing is that you create a network of
or twice a week. It’ll look like a ghost town...
involved 24/7, and then check it only once
influence, and this is well documented, that
and people will not be nice about that.
you know, but the people they know, and the
Interesting point, people posting rotten
grees of Kevin Bacon.
when they’re not true. What can I do
what you say doesn’t just affect the people people they know, and so on. The Six De-
So my fans have their friends, who have their friends, and…
And they all have their own Facebook page.
things about your company, especially about it?
Remain calm. There are people who are
always going to be unhappy. The thing is, now they’re out in the open, too. And you
It gets real big real fast.
can respond to it. And other people can see
How do I control that?
your customers, and if you’re sincere, they’ll
that you’re truly interested in taking care of
“The pace of change today is so fast You don’t. You have your website, where you run the show. And maybe you have a blog,
see the whiners for who they are and take your side.
now, and so constant, that you have to be incredibly adaptable.” where you can start conversations. And then you move out a ring farther, and you’ve got Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter, etc., where you have less control, but more reach. And you make sure all these channels are tied together, so each one feeds back into the other.
OK, I’m sold. What’s the first thing I do? Observe.
That’s your network of influence at work. Uh-huh.
So, it sounds like having a Facebook page is pretty much a must-have. Yes and no.
What do you mean, no?
Today Facebook is the dominant social me-
dia platform. But remember, it’s less than 10
years old. The pace of change today is so fast
Other companies in your industry. See what
now, and so constant, that you have to be
see what your customers are doing, how
have your Facebook strategy nailed, someone
they’re doing right...and wrong. You can also
incredibly adaptable. Because the minute you
they’re using it.
will ask what your Pinterest presence is, and
So, kind of scope out the landscape.
Right. And the second thing is, be realistic
about how much time you’re willing or able
you’ll be like, “Pinterest, what’s that?” That’s why they have you.
That’s what I keep telling them.
to spend managing your presence. Don’t set 22
high tech is back in high gear. After
But it’s more than affordable rent that’s at-
demand, massive layoffs and plunging stock
people. Or, more to the point, good people.
a decade-long slump that saw shrinking
prices, the economic engine that powers the Bay Area economy is once again at full
throttle. Hiring levels have returned to pre-
recession levels. The NASDAQ has climbed
back to over 3,000. And companies that were recently closing doors and consolidating
operations are gobbling up office space at a frenzied pace. But instead of locating in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, many
companies are staking out new ground in
the East Bay’s Tri-Valley, where Interstates 580 and 680 meet. In the last year alone,
everyone from scrappy start-ups to high-
tech heavyweights have been attracted to
the area’s affordability and accessibility to talent. In fact, Connecticut-based GE just
recently began construction of its $1 billion, 225,000-square-foot Software Center for
Excellence in San Ramon’s Bishop Ranch. Considering that the multinational giant could have located virtually anywhere, some were
a bit surprised by the company’s decision to
build in San Ramon. But not Lynn Sedway of Sedway Consulting. As a real estate and ur-
ban economist who’s been studying the Bay
Area for more than 30 years, she sees the TriValley as a relatively undiscovered resource and the region’s next great area of growth.
“You look at Silicon Valley and San Francisco,” she says, “and it’s almost impossible to get
a large block of contiguous space, and rents
are extremely high. That’s what makes the TriValley so attractive to so many firms. There’s room for growth; there’s access to a highly
educated workforce; and in relation to the other areas, office space is still very affordable.” The numbers bear Sedway out. A recent
survey comparing the asking price of ClassA office space in the Bay Area revealed that rents in the Tri-Valley are nearly 50 percent
less than in Silicon Valley, and nearly a quar-
ter of that in cities like Palo Alto, where prime office space can command more than $90 per square foot. 24
tracting companies to the Tri-Valley. It’s According to Sedway, this is one of the area’s biggest advantages.
“In nearly every ranking, the Tri-Valley exceeds the Bay Area average in terms of the qual-
ity of its employees,” she says. “Education,
household income, home ownership...all major factors a company considers when moving...
they’re all higher there than the Bay Area as a whole. There’s really a vast talent pool.”
It’s a talent pool that local companies—and not just high-tech companies—have been drawing from for decades. And while the
arrangement benefited both employer and
employee, it came with one very large down-
side: crushing commutes. Thousands jammed area freeways and BART trains, straining the area’s infrastructure and costing companies
millions of dollars in lost time and productiv-
ity. Finally, the situation got to the point where a few visionary firms decided to “reverse the
commute” and moved to where their workers were. Most notably, to Bishop Ranch.
Toyota was the first in 1981. A year later,
Chevron announced it would move its headquarters there and left San Francisco. And
High Tech Makes Tracks to Tri-Valley
in 1983, Pacific Bell announced the largest corporate relocation in US history, a move
that brought 7,500 workers to Bishop Ranch. Today, the 585-acre business community is home to such marquee firms as IBM, Sie-
mens, AT&T, Ford, Toyota, State Farm, CocaCola, Procter & Gamble, Bank of the West, and JPMorgan Chase. And in a deal just
recently announced, PG&E signed a lease at Bishop Ranch for 250,000 square feet, the
area’s single largest transaction in the last 12
months. According to Ed Hagopian, executive vice president with Sunset Development, the
principal developer of Bishop Ranch, PG&E’s choice of Bishop Ranch was based upon more than just price and square footage.
“It used to be that tenants would just look at bricks and mortar and rent,” says Hagopian.
“Today the questions are much different. ‘What 25
are you doing for my employees; what’s your
office manager at a human resources firm,
long haul, or are you just going to turn around
more than 10 years.
corporate responsibility; are you in it for the and sell the property to someone else?’”
All of these are issues that Hagopian and his team have spent years addressing, develop-
ing programs and services to which he points with obvious pride. “Companies look at our
“Companies look business community and see stability and
at our business community and see stability and security.” security. They know we go the extra mile to
care for them and their employees,” he says. “Take transportation. It’s a huge issue in Bishop Ranch multimodal Transportation Center
HIGH TECH MAKES TRACKS TO TRI-VALLEY
terms of employee satisfaction and productivity. So we provide free bus passes. We
have discounts on the ACE train and free
shuttles to and from the stations. Our Bike to
Work program is one of the biggest in Contra
who’s been working at Bishop Ranch for
“It sounds funny, but this is really a com-
munity,” she said recently. “I was taking a walk about six months ago and met three
other ladies from three other companies. We struck up a conversation, and now we meet
every lunchtime. We walk about three miles,
and then each of us goes back to her office.
I don’t think that would have happened if I’d worked in a high-rise somewhere.”
It’s the kind of story Ed Hagopian loves
to hear. And one he’d like to see repeated. Which is one reason why Sunset Develop-
ment and the City of San Ramon are exploring the possibility of what is being called
San Ramon City Center, a 24/7 mixed-use destination, complete with shops, restaurants, a hotel, plazas, open spaces, and residences, all within Bishop Ranch.
“We want to help create an urban center here in San Ramon,” he said. “A place where,
after work, people will be able to go to the
local pub, hang out with their friends, watch the ball games, go to a movie, get dinner,
go home. Some people will even be living in residences at Bishop Ranch.” It sounds like
quite an ambitious plan for a company that’s made its name in commercial real estate. “We’re always trying to anticipate what
people are going to want and need,” replied
Hagopian. “It’s like what Wayne Gretzky said
when someone asked him what made him so great. ‘I don’t skate to where the puck is,’ he answered. ‘I skate where it’s going to be.’”
Costa County. And we actively promote car
pools, with a guaranteed ride home if someone has to work late or misses their ride.”
The personal care and attention don’t stop
after employees arrive at work. On-site facilities include a host of restaurants, miles of
trails and open spaces, and even a full slate
of fitness classes. One fan is Ivy Johnsen, an 27
Bishop Ranch Executive Forum
plunging stock prices. Soaring bankrupt-
Williams cited the Fed’s role as “lender of last
are either unwilling or unable to loan money.
institutions when normal funding wasn’t avail-
cies. Credit in short supply, as nervous banks If this sounds like ’07 all over again, maybe
that’s because it was. 1907, that is, when a
failed bid by stock speculators to corner the
copper market caused a run on the banks and
corporations use to get short-term funding to finance payrolls and inventories.
“There’s no doubt that some of the actions
It was against this backdrop that the Federal
a time when so many people are suffering,”
dent, central bank that could serve as a safeguard against the wild economic booms and busts that plagued the country during the
taken have not been popular, especially at
said Williams. “But, in the midst of a financial panic, they were essential to stabilizing the financial system and saving the economy.”
late 19th and early 20th centuries.
And while we may have avoided econo-
It also served as a compelling context for
forecaster would admit we’re not nearly out
remarks by John C. Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San
Francisco, during his recent appearance at the Bishop Ranch Executive Forum Series—a series of invitation-only events featuring leading
business and financial experts exploring some of the biggest issues of our time.
able, as well as backstopping the market that
sent America reeling into a severe recession.
Reserve System was created—an indepen-
Business leaders explore the top issues of our day
resort,” including emergency loans to financial
Speaking before a packed house, Williams
mic meltdown, even the most optimistic
of the woods. Especially in one of the major areas the Fed has been chartered by Congress to address: maximum employment.
Even with good hiring numbers over the past few months, unemployment remains stub-
bornly stuck above the 8 percent mark, and Williams predicts it will still be above 7 percent by the end of 2014.
outlined the history of the Federal Reserve,
“Unemployment is high, of course, and
most recent crisis to keep the economy from
percent objective for years to come,” he
its function, and the role it played during our going into an even deeper abyss.
it’s likely that inflation will be below our 2 said. “In those circumstances, most Fed 29
policymakers expect that we will keep shortterm interest rates at their current very low
levels into 2014 or later.” That may be good
news for big banks and other major borrow-
ers, but not so good for those who count on their savings to generate any sort of significant return. Still, Williams is bullish on the
future of the American economy, providing
the dark clouds gathering over Europe don’t become a full-blown storm.
“In the US, households are repairing their
finances. Businesses are slowly increasing
production and hiring extra hands. The hous-
“Businesses are slowly ining market is no longer falling, and home
creasing production and
hiring extra hands. construction eventually will recover to levels consistent with a growing population. But if
Europe fails to keep the euro afloat, all bets are off.”
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