Bernardo Grijalva

Serving the students at San Jose State University, The Grad San Jose extravagantly stands one block from campus in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its L-shaped footprint takes full advantage of the site with a double-volume main lobby nearest to the campus entry and an outdoor amenity deck facing south for solar optimization. The tower’s façade is finished with 10-foot-high up-lit blades on top that alternate colors every evening.

With 19 stories, the mixed-use residential tower is adjacent to a four-story parking garage topped with the recreation deck. Parking is concealed by a floating semitransparent perforated metal screen that provides a public art element. The art carries into the lobby with clean lines and natural tones contrasted by touches of orange and blue. Positioned in walking distance to campus, downtown venues, and transit, the well-lit ground floor has 14,750 square feet of restaurant and retail space, a 24/7 management office, and secured bicycle parking.

Bernardo Grijalva

Student-focused amenities include a swimming pool and spa on the 0.75-acre landscaped amenity deck; a Jumbotron for game days and movie nights; a fitness center; a business center/computer lab; private and shared study lounges on every floor; a coffee shop; multipurpose rooms with white boards and monitors; a penthouse-level sky deck with campus views; and complimentary cable and Wi-Fi.

The fully furnished, apartment-style suites are available in studio, two-, three-, and four-bedroom floor plans, many with bed-to-bath equivalence for privacy. The living spaces are modern with natural tone finishes and high-quality, stylish furniture.

Programming encourages a fun and supportive environment. The team of community assistants arranges programming that enhances residents’ day-to-day living, including cooking and craft instruction, midterm and finals stress relief stations, a professional photographer for LinkedIn profile photos, community events, and cultural awareness days.