"We are delighted to receive this recognition," says Gladstone's Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Dan Oshiro, who accepted the award on behalf of the institutes at a banquet at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, on March 23. "When our three trustees decided back in 1999 to purchase and develop land adjacent to the new UCSF Mission Bay campus, it was, frankly, a bit of a gamble, tempered by their astute real estate acumen. The result, a stunning new facility, offers many advantages, placing Gladstone at the center of an emerging biotech corridor in a region that is at the forefront of medical research."
In his acceptance comments, Oshiro lauded the efforts and teamwork of project manager Todd Sklar of Mezzatesta Sklar, prime contractor Rudolph and Sletten and architects NBBJ San Francisco, all of whom worked hand in hand with Gladstone's operations department and end users throughout the design and construction phases. He further acknowledged the City and County of San Francisco, particularly the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, whose cooperation was critical to completion of the project ahead of schedule.
To be eligible for the Business Times award, new projects must have broken ground or been completed in calendar year 2004 and must be located in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa or Marin counties or the city of Palo Alto. Six industry judges joined the Business Times editorial staff to consider not only the size and value of projects, but also their community impact, transit impact, financial backing, quality of design and suitability of land use.