First LEED -ND in Silicon Valley
North First Campus is a planned 43-acre creative, Class-A office campus on North First Street near the San Jose International Airport. Lowe’s master plan envisions 1.8 million square feet in nine office buildings ranging in size from 150,000 to 350,000 square feet, with large 30,000 to 45,000 square foot floor plates, balconies and operable windows. North First Campus is a transit-oriented master plan campus designed to attract and support high-tech companies that are seeking to recruit and retain talent by offering a dynamic and vibrant campus environment with onsite amenities, ease of access, transit, and a vibrant urban location. The master plan envisions a completely walkable environment with a pedestrian-scale internal street, bike paths, trails that connect to the San Jose bike route and green spaces. North First was envisions as an active environment similar to any downtown area, lined with shops, cafes and other amenities and convenient curbside parking. A variety of open spaces and pocket parks around the buildings will offer outdoor space with seating. North First Campus was the first plan in Silicon Valley to be LEED-ND Pre-Certified and is one of only seven certifications in California. The LEED-ND rating system promotes smart locations, neighborhood designs which reduce vehicle miles traveled, communities where jobs and services are accessible by foot or public transit, and projects that facilitate more efficient use of energy and water. The property was sold in 2015 to serve as a corporate campus.