Hotel Nia, Autograph Collection, 200, Independence Drive, Menlo Park, CA, USA

Date and Time

Thursday, June 13 2019 - 6 PM

Event Details

SPIRE joined Jay Mancini, Managing Partner of G&M Realty Ventures, for a preview of Phase II of Facebook's Menlo Park Campus.

Menlo Gateway is an award winning 700,000 square foot mixed-use complex that includes three office buildings, parking structures for 2,400 vehicles, and a fitness center, all of which will be leased to Facebook. The project also includes Hotel Nia, a 4-star luxury hotel.

Jay Mancini and his team led SPIRE on a tour of Phase II, which is comprised of two office buildings totaling approximately 500,000 square feet, connected by a multilevel bridge, and flanked by two parking structures and expansive green spaces. Designed in close collaboration with Facebook, Phase II is scheduled for completion September 2019.

Jay brought together quite a team for this tour, which included:

This amazing team provided us with an incredible 360-degree view of the project, covering everything from entitlements to FEMA requirements, city and transportation considerations, structural and design strategies, to the interactive art installation on the parking structures. Jay's and his team really delivered, and it didn't stop at the tour.

We continued the evening at Hotel Nia where we were treated to and indoor-outdoor reception that included a full bar, featuring a signature drink, the Mexican Mule (a SPIRE favorite), and a tasty selection from the fantastic Mediterranean inspired Porta Blu menu. Everyone was glued to the big screen showing the Warriors game as they battled for the national title. Despite the hair-raising, down-to-a-split-second loss, everyone had a fantastic time.


Jay Mancini, Managing Partner, G&M Realty Ventures

Prior to founding G&M Realty Ventures, LLC, Mr. Mancini held senior positions with large real estate development companies including Campeau Corporation California, Perini Land and Development Company, and Bramalea Pacific. The scope of his assignments with these companies included the development of two successful mixed-use projects: Rincon Center, San Francisco; and City Center, Oakland; and Executive Park, San Francisco, an office development

Mr. Mancini formed his own firm in 1990, and created a multi-disciplinary advisory services practice, which leveraged his development expertise in managing virtually every real estate consulting discipline that could be employed to solve complicated real estate issues.

Mr. Mancini was one of the three major authors of the Presidio of San Francisco Implementation Strategy. He and a team of professionals were then hired to implement the Plan by the National Park Service. Mr. Mancini has also been an Advisor to the San Francisco Giants, BART, SAMTRANS, Golden Gate University and numerous other clients.

During this period of providing Advisory Services, Mr. Mancini was also active in the acquisition and development of commercial property.

Mr. Mancini is a Wharton School MBA graduate with an undergraduate BA from Lawrence University. He also served as a Marine Corps infantry officer in both infantry and long-range patrol.

Rod Roche, General Partner, G&M Realty Ventures

Roderick J. Roche is an accomplished real estate professional with over 25 years of experience in real estate development in both private and public sectors. Prior to joining G&M Realty Ventures, LLC, Mr. Roche held a variety of senior leadership positions and provided oversight and management of major commercial real estate projects. He represented the San Francisco Giants as Project Manager for the Pacific Bell Park Development (now AT&T Park) and served as Director of Construction Management for the San Francisco Fillmore Heritage Center, a mixed-use commercial entertainment, luxury condominium, and public parking garage development. Earlier in his career, he worked for Perini Land & Development on the Resort at Squaw Creek Development and the San Francisco Rincon Center mixed use development.

Mr. Roche is skilled in partnering and directing contractors, architects, engineers, designers and other specialty consultants. He has a strong business acumen and has expertise in negotiating contracts, administering construction loan draws, managing costs and schedules, controlling budgets, and providing quality control oversight while executing through the project delivery process. He has a diverse real estate, project, and construction management background in industrial, office, residential, retail and renewable energy.

Mr. Roche holds an M.B.A and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and from Saint Mary’s College of California.

He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Bishop O’Dowd High School and volunteers his time coaching youth basketball.

Mr. Roche is a member of several professional organizations, including SPUR.

Stephen Bulchholz, AIA, Principal, Heller Manus Architects

LEED AP Licensed Architect

Stephen has a strong background in both architectural design and project management. Stephen has been with the firm for more than 30 years, and in his role as Director of Project Management, he is responsible for the management and coordination of several major design projects and documents produced by the office. His demonstrated problem-solving skills, client communication, and extensive project development experience, makes him a top choice for complex projects. His experience spans diverse building typologies, including residential, commercial, data centers, performing arts venues and religious centers. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Shelley Doran, Senior Vice President, Webcor Builders

Shelley Doran is Senior Vice President for Webcor Builders and a member of the Webcor Executive Committee. She leads Webcor’s business acquisition, external affairs, and government liaison activities, as well as the company’s philanthropic involvement. She has practiced construction management and development for more than 35 years for several nationally recognized companies, including Taubman Company, McDonald’s Corp. and Ford Motor Land Development. She served as a member of the Environmental Design Review Board in the Town of Los Altos Hills and the Los Altos Hills Planning Commission, and ran for Los Altos Hills City Council. Shelley also represented Los Altos Hills on ABAG in Santa Clara County for several years.

Shelley currently serves on the board of directors for City of Hope Real Estate and Construction Council San Francisco, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Linda Noack Wiener Sarcoma-Oma Foundation. In addition, she is Co-chair of the SF Chamber of Commerce BUILD SF Committee, and Chair of the SPUR Infrastructure Council. Formerly she was a two-term board member at both the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. For multiple years, the Bay Area Business Times recognized Shelly as one of the most influential women in the Bay Area.

Andrea Traber – Senior Principal, US West Sustainability + Resilient Design Leader, Integral Group

Andréa contributes over 20 years of experience as Project Architect and Principal on numerous green building projects, climate action plans, as well as sustainability and energy programs, to the Integral team. Throughout her career, Andréa has dedicated herself as a leader with several green building and sustainability organizations, including the USGBC Northern California Chapter. Andréa served three terms on the Board of Directors, with three years as President, and is currently serving on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Healthy Communities Initiative. Most recently, she co-chaired the host committee for Greenbuild 2012, and the Regionalization Committee for LEED v4. She is a sought after speaker on such topics as zero net energy design, sustainable communities, and green building. In 2013, Andréa was invited by former Vice-President, Al Gore to attend a Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training, where she was named a “Climate Leader.” Through this initiative, Andréa is educating communities about climate change and building local networks of climate activists, who work in their own communities and countries demanding solutions.