The Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life (TKCJL) is nearing its completion with final touches being added to meet its scheduled opening on September 1st. Developed by Sares Regis Group of Northern California for the Jewish Home in San Francisco, the Oshman Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community Federation, the TKCJL is a collaborative initiative founded in 2001 to strengthen and enhance Jewish community life on the South Peninsula by supporting the development of a multi-purpose, intergenerational Jewish campus that will be open to the entire community. Upon completion, the $270 million project will provide senior housing, educational opportunities, cultural experiences and recreational and fitness activities that will feature 193 units of senior housing, multiple dining venues, along with a spa/salon, a state-of-the art fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and many other amenities.
The 8.5-acre campus will be home to the 145,000 square foot, two-to-four story multi-use Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and the 310,000 square foot Moldaw Family Residences with independent and assisted living facility for seniors – all over a podium parking structure. The senior residences will be comprised of eight, four-story buildings and will include 193 units consisting of one-and-two bedrooms. The center will include Independent Living Opportunities, as well as assisted living units and a memory care facility, offering varying levels of senior care. The TKCJL incorporated state-of-the-art, eco-conscious building practices, systems and programs into its planning, design and construction. The Campus, which is applying for LEED Silver certification, developed a complete transportation management plan, onsite recycling programs, water efficiency landscaping and an integrated building management system that controls all energy use.
“Leading the team to create this exciting new neighborhood has been a wonderful opportunity,” said Jeff Birdwell, President of Commercial Development with Sares Regis Group of Northern California. “This master planned project supports our firm’s goal of creating dynamic spaces for our clients and the people who use them.”
Adjacent to the TKCJL on a separate 3.5 acre site there are also 103 single-family town homes called Altaire in Palo Alto (built by Regis Homes, an affiliate of Sares Regis Group), as well as 58 units of very low-income senior housing developed by Bridge Housing. Altaire is a market rate collection of 96 attached town homes built above a four-acre parking podium, plus seven flats located on grade along the property access road. Adjoining Altaire will be Alta Torre; the affordable housing element will provide 56 high-quality, affordable apartments for very-low-income seniors as part of the larger development in south Palo Alto. Both residential projects are EnergyStar/Green Point Rated.
“As the architect for all the project’s components, it is a rare honor to participate in the design of the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life and adjacent residential developments,” said Rob Steinberg, President of Steinberg Architects. “Upon its completion, the Palo Alto campus will be a vibrant community that promotes greater connections between people of all ages.”
“This project exemplifies Webcor’s commitment to sustainable construction and healthy communities,” said Andy Ball, President/CEO of Webcor Builders, contractor for TKCJL. “The campus will achieve a LEED-Silver sustainability rating for features such as its extensive transportation management program which emphasizes public transit and cycling. The campus also preserves precious open space by reclaiming a former industrial site and 90% of the construction and demolition debris was diverted away from landfills.”