As the structure of the new 220 Park development in downtown Burlingame, California, nears completion, a significant milestone has been achieved with the successful return and integration of the historic Burlingame Post Office building to its original location. This forward-looking project is set to deliver an elevated workplace experience, seamlessly integrating vibrant retail, quality open space and transit access in the heart of the Bay Area’s premier downtown.

The 1,010-ton, 1940s-era Burlingame Post Office, temporarily relocated 120 feet away to facilitate construction on a two-level underground garage, has now been seamlessly returned to its original location and integrated into the new building structure. This remarkable feat prepares the historic building to be transformed into an iconic restaurant space at the base of the six-story 220 Park development, a joint venture between Dostart Development Company and Sares Regis Group of Northern California.

“We are excited to offer a superior work environment in the heart of Burlingame’s vibrant downtown,” said Mollie Ricker, partner at DDC. “With the new town square anchored by a striking new restaurant within the historic post office building, our tenants will enjoy exceptional amenities, convenience and a thriving community right at their doorstep.”

Designed by KSH Architects, the 185,000-square-foot Class A office and retail space at 220 Park will be ready for occupancy by the spring of 2024. This landmark project boasts impeccable design, expansive terraces with unrivaled mountain views, and a transit-oriented location in the center of the one of the Peninsula’s most sought-after communities.

“Moving the post office back to its original location represents a significant milestone in the evolution of the downtown, which has continued to grow even more vibrant and desirable,” said David N.P. Hopkins, chief operating officer of development at SRGNC. “Not only has Burlingame recently seen an influx of new restaurants and retail openings, but employers are increasingly realizing that the key to bringing people together in-person is providing the spaces where people want to be together.”

“In today’s landscape, companies are seeking compelling workplace solutions to engage and excite their employees, and 220 Park is poised to deliver just that,” Ricker added.

Beyond the workplace transformation, the 220 Park project has also made a significant contribution to the development of Burlingame Town Square, the “signature open space” envisioned in the Downtown Specific Plan. The project’s support, along with additional funding from the State of California, has enabled the realization of this vibrant public space. The town square will serve as a dynamic hub for outdoor dining, socializing and cultural events, and the restored and repurposed post office will play an integral role in this new downtown focal point.

Burlingame Post Office Relocation Construction

Photo courtesy of Page & Turnbull

The task of safely relocating the historic structure was undertaken by San Jose, California-based Garden City Construction, a company with more than 30 years of experience rejuvenating and rehabilitating historic properties.

“This complex restoration will result in a beautiful re-interpretation of this historic post office, featured in a one-of-a-kind project,” added Ruth Todd, FAIA, principal of Page & Turnbull and the project’s preservation architect. “We believe the preservation and redevelopment is successful in connecting Burlingame’s past with its bright future.”