A Glimpse into Pandora's Oakland Headquarters

Posted by Christy Le on May 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM



Pandora Radio, like so many tech companies, started very humbly in a modest office space and has quickly grown into a thriving, reputable brand with a vibrant and characteristically unique Oakland space. It has been our privilege, as their general contractor for the past 7 years, to not only witness Pandora's growth but to be part of the evolution of their dynamic office. The following photos document the powerful visual transformation from their 1st generation space to their current space. 



























































Photography by Reflex Imaging and Bruce Damonte



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Topics: Construction Trends, bars, tech firms, cool office, kitchen, perks, office perks

Top 20 Skyline Projects - Celebrating 20 Years w/ 20 Favorites

Posted by Christy Le on Apr 12, 2016 3:00:00 AM


In celebration of our 20 year anniversary, each month we’re sharing 20 of our employees favorite things -- from tools to travel destinations and everything in between.

This month we highlight 20 of the most popular construction projects built since 1996.  Our team put their heads together to vote on spaces that display dramatically unique features, challenging and careful coordination and awesome partnerships with our clients. 

It was no easy feat to rank this list. If we missed any projects you enjoyed working, please share in the comments below.




St. Jude Medical

Sunnyvale  |  131,500 sq. ft.
[See more photos here]


Why we loved it

  •   What started as a retrofit to an old, tired
              building quickly became the demolition
              and ground-up construction of an entirely
              new space.





ValueAct_Photo-BruceDamonte_18.jpgValueAct Capital

San Francisco  |  36,000 sq. ft


Why we loved it

  • Stunning eucalyptus millwork
  • Cathedral style ceilings
  • Metal panel ceilings
  • Wood walls





Health Plan of San Mateo

San Mateo  |  109,000 sq. ft.

Why we loved it

  • An aggressive project schedule
  • Amazing fitness center that rivals
            most private fitness clubs
  • Main break room that feels like a fancy cafe
  • Stellar client and architect creating a
            seamless project delivery





Santa Clara  |  63,000 sq. ft.
[See more photos here]


Why we loved it

  • Cool design features
  • Nostalgia effect: all the conference
           and huddle rooms are named after





Oakland  |  100,000+ sq. ft.
[See more photos here]

Why we loved it

  • Themed collaboration areas with
            bright colors and funky graphics
  • RADIO banquette seating that
            illuminates when occupied
  • Voice recording studios






Pleasanton  |  314,000 sq. ft. 
[See more photos here]

Why we loved it

  • Multiple interconnecting staircases
            joining spaces for functionality
  • Sound-proof recording studio
  • Collaborative team partnership
            between client, architect and contractor






San Francisco  |  90,000 sq. ft.
[See more photos here]

Why we loved it

  • 40+ different light fixtures
    • An awesome all-hands collaboration /
              game room / multi-purpose space
    • Sound room with Buzzi noise
             cancellation panels





San Francisco  |  82,500 sq. ft.
[See more photos here]


Why we loved it

  • Asymmetrical designed vortex hallways
  • All-hands space with stadium style seating
  • Custom designed, fully equipped bar featuring
            multiple kegerators... still waiting for our invitation
            to the party!




Palo Alto  |  70,000 sq. ft.

Why we loved it

  • Working with a rock-star project team
  • Cool structural features like exposed
            barrel truss ceilings
  • Hired a helicopter to lift HVAC units to roof 





Lumina Sales Center

San Francisco  |  6,000 sq. ft.


Why we loved it

  • Renovation of a historical building
  • Luxurious showroom with interactive
            video wall and full scale model
  • Showroom reception area built to
            replicate residential tower lobby
            with fine imported finishes






Spectrum Equity

San Francisco  |  11,000 sq. ft.


Why we loved it

  • Reclaimed wood used
            from a French barn
  • Live edge wood tables 
  • Custom leather banquettes
  • Overall a stunning space







Mountain View  |  54,000 sq. ft.
[See more photos here]


Why we loved it

  • Graffiti artwork all over the walls
  • Sliding board doors for meeting rooms
  • Vinyl wood plank flooring







San Francisco  |  54,000 sq. ft.


Why we loved it

  • Cave room for naps
  • Raw steel media wall
  • Funky fixtures







General Assembly

San Francisco  |  26,300 sq. ft.


Why we loved it

  • Historical building (circa 1920)
  • Chalkboard and white board "IdeaPaint"
  • Classrooms with glass storefront doors







San Francisco & Santa Clara  |  98,000 sq. ft.


Why we loved it

  • Awesome lobbies with green tinted glass
  • Free standing glass marker boards 
  • Super bright and colorful spaces




Server Farm Realty

Santa Clara  |  30,000 sq. ft.


Why we loved it

  • State of the art data center
  • Received LEED Silver certification
    • Extensive building upgrades 
              and a new exterior facade






San Bruno  |  106,100 sq. ft.


Why we loved it

  • Game room
  • Fitness studio
  • Seamless project delivery






Adam Zuur's Office

San Francisco  |  300 sq. ft.


Why we loved it

  •  Imaginative design features
  • Careful and tedious execution
  • A priceless end product





Topics: projects, interior, contractor, tenant improvement, construction, interior design, GC

Skyline's 20 Favorite Bars - Celebrating 20 Years w/ 20 Favorites

Posted by Christy Le on Mar 17, 2016 5:30:00 AM



Happy Birthday to us!  In celebration of our 20 year anniversary, each month we’re sharing 20 of our employees favorite things--from tools to travel destinations and everything in between. To kick off St. Patrick’s Day, here are our team’s favorite drinking establishments around the Bay Area in no particular order.  Beware, not all of these are the classiest joints, but apparently they get the job done!  If we missed any of your favs, add them to the comments at the bottom so we can indulge in our own “research” later tonight. Stay tuned for next month’s Top 20 list to be released on April Fool's Day.





#20   Clayton Club Saloon

6096 Main St., Clayton, CA 94517  |  http://www.claytonclubsaloon.com/


This place looks like it was taken out of a scene of Tombstone. Why yes, those are boots hanging from the ceiling. Clayton Club Saloon has an old world charm, great people and  inexpensive drinks. What more can you ask for?








#19   The Roundup Saloon 

3553 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA  |  https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-roundup-saloon-lafayette-2

Roundup.jpgWe love our saloons, can you tell? The Roundup Saloon might just be the only bar in Lafayette, as far as we're concerned. Cheap drinks and great atmosphere are what we are after here, followed by a little pool and shuffleboard. The Roundup hosts live bands on Thursdays and karaoke on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 








#18   Zephyr Bar & Grill 

 1736 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550  |  http://www.zephyrgrill.com


Downtown Livermore is a hidden gem in the Bay Area. First Street is packed with rising stars in food, drink and fun. Zephyr Bar & Grill is definitely a triple threat with great food, huge selection wine list, great happy hour and great social atmosphere. Tip: Try the Potato wrapped Halibut. Yum!








#17   Ernie's Tin Bar 

 5100 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma, CA 94954  | https://www.yelp.com/biz/ernies-tin-bar-petaluma

Ernies.jpgErnie's Tin Bar is quite a trek, but if you are ever in the area or (en route to wine country), Ernie's is where you want to be. Watch for the $1.75 beer sign and the "NO CELLPHONE USE" sign. Be prepared for 20 beers on tap, awesome prices and a good time.









#16   Schroeder's 

240 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111  |  http://schroederssf.com


Schroeder's is a watering hole that is close to every Skyliner's hearts. New employees of Skyline are initiated through what we now affectionately call "boot camp" (actual Skyliners pictured left). Great snacks offered at Schroeder's to soak up all the beery goodness. Our favorites are the soft pretzel knots and the tots. 









#15   California Craft Beer 

43377 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539  |  https://www.yelp.com/biz/california-craft-beer-fremont


Cali Craft is our idea of beer heaven. They have 16 beers on tap (flights available) and a wide selection of bottled, ice-cold beers. They provide snacks and there is usually a food truck of some kind parked right outside. Otherwise, outside food is allowed, dogs are allowed, fun is allowed. Awesome place. 









#14   Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe 

12 William Saroyan Pl., San Francisco, CA 94133  |  https://www.yelp.com/biz/specs-twelve-adler-museum-cafe-san-francisco-2


Specs' is a time-honored San Francisco bar, tucked away in an alley of North Beach. It's the kind of spot that has served the same regulars since the 50's. The walls and ceilings are decorated with an array of misfit toy as odd and as awesome as the bar itself. Specs' has a rich and wacky history, and if you're lucky, one of the regulars will explain it to you.






#13   Barbarossa Lounge 

714 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111  |  http://www.barbarossalounge.com


Barbarossa is where the Barbary Coast meets modern luxury. Hand-crafted cocktails are their claim to fame. They offer 12 house cocktails, wine, craft beers and champagne. As a nod to the bar's predecessor, Barbarossa still has access to the Bubble Lounge's champagne library and has named the back room "Bubble Lounge at Barbaossa."






#12  Lazy Dog

19359 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, CA  |  lazydogrestaurants.com

Lazy_Dog.jpgYes, Lazy Dog falls under the chain restaurant category, but we at Skyline are huge animal lovers. Any establishment that offers us beer flights, food and a doggie menu will win us over again and again. Lazy Dog restaurants have been popping up all over the Bay Area with one in Cupertino, Concord and Dublin. Each location is vast in dining space and has a large patio area with fire pits, and lounge seating for you and your fur babies to relax and enjoy. 






#11   Golden Gate Taproom 

449 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94108  |  http://ggtaproom.com


Games, booze, food--yes, please. There's no other way to describe GG Taproom except to say that it is an adult playground. Lots of fun games (skee ball, foozball, pinball and more), big TVs, a large beer selection and giant burgers. You can't go wrong, spending a few hours here.




#10   The Homestead 

2301 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94110  |  https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-homestead-san-francisco


The Homestead is a chill speakeasy with mammary-studded artwork hanging on their walls with a dark and vintage appeal. Come for the drinks, come for the vibe, come because they are pet friendly!








#9   The Bitter End 

441 Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94118  |  https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-bitter-end-san-francisco?start=20


This place kind of pops up out of no where and it's kind of awesome. It's definitely bigger than it seems from the outside. The bar is 2 levels (upper level has pool tables and more seating) and fills up pretty quickly for happy hour (M-F 4PM - 7PM). 









#8  ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop

1541 Giammona Dr., Walnut Creek, CA  |   http://www.beer-shop.org


We're convinced that beer cafes like ØL are going to be the newest craze. This classy beer joint houses shelves upon shelves of craft beers, a wide selection of beers on tap and some small nibbles as well. Customers appreciate the tasting notes on each draft offered and the generous bartenders who let you taste what you want until you find the right beer for you.










#7  Original Gravity Public House

66 S 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113  |  http://www.originalgravitypub.com


Beers and brats. It's hard to beat that combo, but add duck fat fries and poutine and you have the makings of a killer beer bar. Original Gravity has 3 main areas: the front entrance bar has a selection of beers on tap and a separate counter displaying their brats; the second bar area has a completely different selection of beers on tap and open seating; the third (and our favorite) area is the outdoor patio where communial seating is encouraged and pets are allowed.









#6  Drake's Dealership

2325 Bradway Auto Row  |  http://drinkdrakes.com/visit/dealership/


Drake's Dealership is a new establishment with some very old roots. Their San Leandro location was so beloved that an Oakland location was a no brainer. Drake's Dealership is housed in a classic brick building on Oakland’s historic Broadway Auto Row. They have a full- service wood-fired pizza restaurant with 32 beers on tap, and an open-air beer garden featuring fire pits, Adirondack seating and a live music stage. Kid friendly until 9PM and pet friendly, always!






#5  Lion Pub

2062 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115  |  https://www.yelp.com/biz/lion-pub-san-francisco


Lion Pub is a hidden gem that is very well hidden. Tip: the entrance is actually around the corner on California Street. Locals come here for the fresh fruit cocktails and the ambiance. Head's up, this bar is a cash only establishment.









#4  The Old Pro

541 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301  |  http://www.oldpropa.com


Pull up a stool, order a tower of beer, hop on the mechanical bull and party like tomorrow isn't a work day. The Old Pro is an old favorite of the Palo Alto happy hour crowd. The place is surrounded by TVs and can definitely fill up quickly, especially on a game nights. Nice and greasy, stick to your ribs bar food is offered here and goes quite nicely with a tower or two of beer.






#3  Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub

69 N San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA  |  http://firehouse1.com

Firehouse2.jpgFirehouse Gastropub pairs handcrafted cocktails and fine brews with menu selections from succulent pork belly sliders to house made paté – this is not typical bar food. Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub offers an experience unlike any other bar. It's located in downtown San Jose in San Pedro Square.








#2  The Hidden Vine

408 Merchant Street, San Francisco, CA  |  www.thehiddenvine.com

The_Hidden_Vine.jpgSolid little wine bar that's dangerously close to Skyline's San Francisco office. The setting here is dark, stylish and intimate; perfect for dates or catching up with a close friend for some 1 on 1 time. There is also a bocce ball court on the side of the building for additional play.







#1  Toronado

547 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117  |  www.tornado.com

Toronado.jpgLove it or hate it, Toronado can draw an intense reaction from any given San Franciscan. Toronado is a no thrills and no nonsense, beer lover's paradise. They also stock Pliny The Elder on tap, regularly! Beer is all they have here, so don't ask for a cocktail, not even a beer cocktail. Bring cash and bring your beer appetite. 







Topics: bars, drink, office, culture, st patty, bay area

How firms are "showing the love" with their office space

Posted by Christy Le on Feb 4, 2016 6:00:00 AM


The strategy of creating office envy is definitely catching on in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Taking care of employees in the workplace increases morale, supports recruiting efforts, and is generally fun.  Here are some of our favorite recent projects that showcase the love.


They wine you.

Grabbing a drink after work (or during work, for that matter) has never been easier. Social areas equipped with a full bar and handles of local craft brews in the work place has finally become a thing. This takes water cooler chat to the next level. 


 Lumosity, San Francisco
Architect: Boor Bridges Architecture

General Contractor: Skyline Construction


They dine you.

Bay Area firms are quickly catching on to the old adage that there is no faster way into your hungry employee's heart than through their stomachs. From full-service kitchens to cozy cafes and break rooms, these areas are fully stocked with meals, snacks, refreshments and everything in between. 


Yammer, San Francisco
Architect: TMDA

General Contractor: Skyline Construction


They love you for your mind.

Arming employees with a place for intellectual stimuli is the newest trend. A quiet space for research or leisurely reading is the perfect way to promote professional and personal development. Even in an increasingly digital world, in-house libraries are beloved by the employees and employers, alike. Learning is fun. Who knew?



Weebly, San Francisco
Architect: Huntsman Architectural Group

General Contractor: Skyline Construction


They make you feel like a kid again.

Associating work with the warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings of your childhood is a new concept in office interior design. It's fun, it's inviting and it's a light-hearted approach that is striking a cord with companies throughout the bay area. Slides, pool tables, vintage video games, ping pong tables and themed meeting rooms are just the tip of the iceberg of popular features.


Chartboost, San Francisco
Architect: Design Blitz

General Contractor: Skyline Construction


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Topics: Construction Trends, bars, tech firms, cool office, kitchen, perks, office perks

Top 5 Tenant Improvement Trends in the Bay Area

Posted by Randy Scott on Dec 31, 2015 8:18:56 AM

As competition for employee talent rises, companies throughout the Bay Area seek to move beyond the standard open-floor plan by creating full “employee experiences” within their space. Our project management teams have identified 5 popular trends happening across workplace design in the Bay Area:

  • Commercial Kitchens
  • Unassigned Workstations
  • Living Art
  • Social Spaces
  • Custom Light Fixtures

Commercial Kitchens


 The demand for full commercial kitchens has jumped, especially among technology firms. Commercial kitchens take up significant space and are typically more expensive to maintain than contracting with a catering service (not to mention the time and costs associated with getting permits from the health department). Yet a commercial kitchen with an in-house chef (e.g. Weebly pictured above) gives companies control over how food is sourced and served—a key selling point for many younger, health-conscious employees.


Unassigned WorkstationsGeremia_Boor_Bridges-Lumosity-1010.jpg

 Many companies are adopting project-based or activity-based workspaces allowing employees the mobility to temporarily collaborate with their project team. With fewer individually assigned desks and more space dedicated to team collaboration, companies may not need as much space as they thought—or are finding ways to better maximize the space they already have. Our team has found that space planning has decreased from an average of 225 square feet per person to approximately 175-185 square feet per person. (e.g. Lumosity, pictured above.)


Living Art


 Plants are known to improve indoor air quality, reduce noise between work areas, and improve the productivity, creativity and mood of a building’s inhabitants. Creative companies are breaking free from standard potted plants and turning greenery into pieces of indoor art. From concrete walls studded with air plants (e.g. Weebly, pictured above) to indoor “parks” that extend outdoor spaces inward (Pandora), employers are making a conscious effort to incorporate the natural world into the structure of the buildings themselves.


Social Spaces

Innovative businesses understand that the cross-pollination of ideas isn’t limited to its conference rooms. To encourage the spontaneous exchange of ideas between different departments they are building gyms, game rooms (e.g. Yammer pictured above), music “jam rooms,” massage rooms and more--many of which come with their own physical requirements such as secondary spaces like laundry rooms, locker rooms, bicycle parking areas, etc.

Custom Light FixturesDropBox2_00248.jpg

Customized light fixtures are becoming increasingly popular, which means that lead times are getting longer. While the typical lead time for lighting is 6 weeks, custom lighting options can extend lead times to 8 to 10 weeks or more. (Dropbox pictured above)

Interested to see more trends in cost, regulations, or lead time on materials? Download our Construction Trends in the Bay Area guide for a complete overview.

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Topics: Open Office, Collaboration Areas, Construction Trends, Commercial Kitchens, Light Fixtures, Social Spaces, Living Art