The sprawling Bishop Ranch office park in San Ramon is the home of corporate giants Chevron, IBM and SAP. Now, its 30,000 office workers will be joined by trendy food, drink and retail offerings from the likes of the Slanted Door, Boba Guys and Fieldwork Brewing.
The new arrivals are part of the $300 million City Center Bishop Ranchshopping mall, designed by world-famous architect Renzo Piano, which opened Thursday.
It’s the culmination of Bishop Ranch owner Sunset Development’s efforts to bring elements of the city to the suburbs. Unlike a traditional enclosed suburban mall with acres of ground-level parking, City Center has separate entrances to retailers that are reminiscent of an urban street, arranged around a central courtyard. Parking and service entrances are hidden in upper floors.