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Sobrato Office Tower
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General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Postmodern
Location 488 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, California
Coordinates 37°19′38″N 121°53′21″W / 37.3272°N 121.8891°W / 37.3272; -121.8891
Groundbreaking Fall 2000
Completed Winter 2002
Roof 85.3 m (280 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 17
3 below ground
Floor area 116,200 m2 (1,251,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects

Sobrato Office Tower is a 17-story, class-A office building at 488 Almaden Boulevard in San Jose, California. It is the third tallest building in the city. The building was completed in 2002 by the Sobrato Organization and remained unoccupied for nine years. Sobrato sold the building for $135 million to BEA Systems in 2007, which was itself later purchased by the building's present owner, Oracle.


Since its $138.5 million assessment in 2007, the assessed value of the building has fallen to $57 million.

At different times, the City of San Jose, Nvidia, Sony, and BEA itself were each noted publicly to be negotiating to lease space in the building but none of those reported negotiations resulted in a tenancy.

Criticism of the building and possible reasons for its inability to attract tenants have often focused on its location being too far from downtown San Jose.

On November 17, 2010, it was announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers would lease 209,000 square feet (19,400 m2) on eight floors (levels 10-17) of the tower beginning June 2011, thus leaving their 165,000 sq ft (15,300 m2) 10 Almaden Boulevard location in San Jose.

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