Commercial Real Estate: Specialty contractor plans Mare Island plant

Minnesota-based Enclos, a specialty contractor for building facades, plans to open a 50,000-square-foot assembly plant on Mare Island commercial redevelopment in Vallejo.

The facility will employ more than 40 full-time workers, the company announced Wednesday. Enclos in early June signed a lease for Suite 300 in Building 126, built in 1985 as one of the last additions to the Navy shipyard before it was turned over for redevelopment to a joint venture of the city of Vallejo and Lennar Mare Island, LLC. The lease starts July 1.

Enclos chose Mare Island as a central location to minimize shipping distances for construction materials to projects in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest, thus meeting the company’s carbon footprint and sustainability goals, according to the company.

“Our new Mare Island facility will be a hub for projects of all scopes and sizes generated through our network of offices across the country, which include locations in both Southern and Northern California, in addition to our Advanced Technology Studio in Los Angeles,” said spokesman Matt Elder.

Enclos ( designs and installs custom facades for large-scale building projects worldwide. Local projects currently under construction include the new Stanford Hospital, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, San Francisco General Hospital and expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The Enclos lease is the third major deal Lennar Mare Island signed in the past three months. In April, San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority committed to a new $22 million Mare Island ferry facility along the waterfront. The following month, maritime contractor Jerico Products leased Drydock No. 4.

The 650-acre property now is home to 95 businesses occupying about 3.2 million square feet of commercial space, and Lennar Mare Island ( Already, 50 historic buildings on the base have been readied for tenants. At any given time, Lennar Mare Island is marketing 500,000 to 1 million square feet of space for occupancy, one-third for offices and two-thirds industrial, according to a spokesman.

Steve Crocker of Colliers International represented Enclos in the early June lease deal, and Greg Smyth of CB Richard Ellis represented Lennar Mare Island.***

Major renovations were completed at Rafael Town Center (415-482-9998, in San Rafael. The mixed-use property has 113 apartments, 42,000 square feet of office space and 25,000 square feet of street-level shops and restaurants, the newest of which are set to be Naan-N-Curry and Opus Bank.

“Our goal with the transformation of Rafael Town Center was to attract a new vibrancy to the Downtown area, and we could not be happier with the results of our efforts,” said Jimi Yost of property manager First Service Residential.

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