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Donnelly Plaza, Burlingame, California, United States

The concept for Donnelly Plaza offers a high-tech, sustainable and contemporary design that creates a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly place to live, shop, socialize and relax in downtown Burlingame. The Donnelly Plaza mixed-use location is conveniently positioned two short blocks from the Burlingame Caltrain station and one block from El Camino Real. This central location encourages the use of public transportation and has the potential to help reduce the dependency on automobiles.
The 2 acres of parking lots that currently occupy the site would be replaced by two seven story mixed-use buildings (including stores, a boutique hotel, and housing units) which frame three landscaped plazas. The 750 underground parking spaces and pedestrian drop-off zones free the street level for social interaction, shops, and restaurants. This updated project design focuses, opens and unites Downtown Burlingame in surprising ways by providing 2 acres of usable pedestrian open spaces in the form of pleasant plazas,
porticoes, alleyways, and vantage points in all directions, from the landscaped lower levels to the green rooftops.
Compared with DIAP’s originally proposed mixed-use design, Donnelly Plaza 2.0, which has the same height, site coverage, and floor area ratio triples the City of Burlingame annual tax revenue, due to the creative combination of the types of occupancy and their synergy.



Project Name: Donnelly Plaza Design Concept

Location: Burlingame, California

Site Area(s): 44,743 (North) + 30,957 (South) + 12,159 (Street) = 87,859 sq ft. / 8,162 m2

Building Area(s):

  • Retail: 93,978 ft2 / 8,730 m2    3 Levels
  • Hotel: 83,849 ft2 / 7,789 m2    104 Units
  • Senior: 55,897 ft2 / 5,193 m2    72 Units
  • Condo: 92,434 ft2 / 8,587 m2    58 Units
  • Parking Required: 746 spaces
  • Parking Provided: 750 spaces

An inspiring vision for an updated town fabric.

Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Existing & Proposed Street Views
Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Model Perspective, Looking Southeast
Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Building Section, West
Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Condo Building Elevation, South View
Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Condo Building Elevation, North View
Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Model Perspectives, Looking West
Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Hotel Building Elevation, North View
Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Hotel Building Elevation, South View
Burlingame, Donnelly Plaza, Model Perspectives, Street Views