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EMERY STATION Emeryville, California

A creative developer brings new industries to a transit station area




Wareham | Heller-Manus | SmithGroup |  DGA Architects

Land Use Program

  • 2.5 million square feet of lab and commercial space in 12 buildings

  • built on small urban blocks adjacent to Amtrak’s Capital Corridor Emeryville Station

  • Integrated with a major greenway and significant associated residential development

  • Additional phases under development, including a transit center and intensification of existing retail mall


Emery Station is a 12-building, 2.5 million-square-foot research campus adjacent to the Emeryville Amtrak station. Supported by the city’s redevelopment agency, it has drawn institutional and private nanotech, green-tech and life-science companies. Its buildings are oriented to the street on a series of small, walkable urban blocks. Nearby is the Emeryville Greenway, which has driven significant new multifamily residential development. Emery Station is catalyzing further infill development nearby, including the mixed-use redevelopment of a suburban-style shopping center.

Lessons for Walkability

  • A creative developer with an urban vision can drive the incremental transformation of a district.

  • The integration of walkable streets and public open spaces ties the district together and supports access to jobs via transit.