TMG, Rockwood Sign San Francisco Technology Tenant to 168 KSF Office Lease
- Feb 08, 2012
February 8, 2012
By Nicholas Ziegler, News Editor
Riverbed Technology, an IT firm in San Francisco, has just found itself a new home. Courtesy a transaction handled by TMG Partners and financial partner Rockwood Capital L.L.C., the firm just signed a 167,788-square-foot lease at 680 Folsom St. in the city’s SoMa district. Riverbed, which currently sits at 199 Fremont St., will move into the second through sixth floors of the soon-to-be 522,000-square-foot, Class A space with a 10-year lease term. Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. represented the tenant in the transaction.
The move was precipitated by both Riverbed’s increase in space needs – the firm pulled in more than $550 million in 2010 revenue despite being founded as recently as 2002 – but also due to 680 Folsom’s current $87 million renovation project. The modernization, which also extends to the adjacent three-story building at 50 Hawthorne St., is set to complete in 2013 and includes an increase of more than 100,000 square feet of space.
San Francisco’s mayor, Ed Lee, called the move a “successful real estate transaction that will create jobs and drive innovation in our city.” And, according to a fourth-quarter 2011 report by JLL, the tech sector is leading the way in that regard. Leasing activity exceeded 9.5 million square feet last year, and technology firms represented 35 percent of that total – with high-demand areas such as Mission Bay / China Basin and SoMa districts garnering the largest Class A asking rents in the city, at $56.69 and $54.00 per square foot, respectively.
“We’re making this investment to support our long-term growth and cement our commitment to the city of San Francisco, Jerry Kennelly, Riverbed’s co-founder & CEO, said. “We think the city is the right location to attract the best talent and provide a thriving environment for our current employees.”
“High-tech industry growth during 2011 drove the best market performance in more than a decade,” the JLL report noted. “Some are raising concerns about the market trajectory and depth of high-tech based demand. Data indicate more growth ahead and another strong year in 2012, but posting numbers achieved in 2011 may prove challenging considering the lack of expansion from other industries and the amount of new supply expected to enter the market.”