Adobe breaks ground on new tower in Downtown

From left: SJ City Councilmember Raul Peralez with son Jorge, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, Adobe co-founder John Warnock, Adobe Chief Human Resources Officer Donna Morris, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Adobe Senior Director of Workplace Strategy & Solutions Scott Ekman, in front of a rendering of the planned tower.

For the first time in more than a decade, Downtown San Jose was the site of a groundbreaking for a new commercial tower building as Adobe, Inc., celebrated construction beginning on its 1.3 million-square-foot fourth tower.

The 18-story building is located at 333 W. San Fernando Street, across the street from the existing Adobe campus, and connected to it via San Jose’s first pedestrian skybridge. The new tower will be all-electric and, like Adobe’s existing campus, LEED certified.

From left: Adobe co-founder John Warnock, SJ Mayor Liccardo, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen

The groundbreaking event was held just across the street from the active construction site, which was already buzzing with heavy equipment and workers in protective helmets. Helping to celebrate the event were John Warnock, who co-founded Adobe in 1982 with Chuck Geschke, in Mountain View. They moved the company to Downtown San Jose twenty five years ago, a decision that San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo praised for its forward-thinking, given that the norm for tech headquarters at that time was a tilt-up office park surrounded by parking lots – “John and Chuck had a different vision and that was the vision for an urban campus,” the Mayor said.

A full report on the event is available in the Adobe blogpost.