Move, Lift, Restore: Repurposing a Former Post Office Near San Francisco

In mid-February, a construction crew began lifting a 1940s post office building in Burlingame, California, on the San Francisco Peninsula. The team moved the 1,010 ton structure to around 120ft so that a new underground car park could be built directly beneath the historic post office site, while a new office and retail development, 220 Park Road, will be built above.

Reconstruction of a 1940 building began in February.

In 2023, after undergoing a restoration, the post office will be moved to its former site, where it will be incorporated into the new office and retail building, designed by KSH Architects. It will then have a second life as a ground floor dining space at the base of the 220 Park Road office and retail development.

As the preservation architect, Page & Turnbull worked with KSH Architects and general contractor Garden City Construction to move the structure safely. The new development is a joint venture between Sares Regis Group of Northern California and Dostart Development Company.

“This post office is part of the historic fabric of the city of Burlingame, and we are honored to help ensure the preservation and adaptation of this public treasure, says architect Ruth Todd, director of Page & Turnbull, and responsible for the preservation of the project, in a report.

Aerial view of the post office
Aerial view of historic San Francisco.

Garden City Construction is joined by construction manager Devcon Construction, structural engineer IMEG and civil engineer BKF. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering is performed by Silicon Valley Mechanical, Rex Moore, and KDS Plumbing, respectively.

The project was launched in September. When completed, the vacant 1.3 acre lot in downtown Burlingame will house 185,000 square feet of new office and retail space. The redeveloped post office will then open in the adjacent new Burlingame City Square, construction of which is expected to begin shortly after the completion of 220 Park.

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