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

Date and Time

Thursday, June 13 2019 - 6 PM

Event Details

Join SPIRE for a preview of Phase II of Facebook's Menlo Park Campus that will be home to the company's global sales and marketing team.

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, where we'll begin and end our event.

Jay Mancini, Managing Partner of G&M Realty Ventures, and his team will lead 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 and Roderick Roche, General Partner, G&M Realty Ventures, will talk to us about the deal negotiations with Facebook, the value creation for property owners, Bohannon Development Company, and the successful effort to attract the right equity partner for the project. We’ll also hear from Stephen Buchholz, AIA, Principal, Heller Manus Architects about the design of the building and some of the specific customizations created for Facebook, and talk with other key individuals who contributed to the project.

After the tour, we’ll convene at Hotel Nia for a private cocktail reception with heavy appetizers - you won't go away hungry!

Space is limited.


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 units during the Vietnam conflict.

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.