Mozart Development Company

About This Project

menlo_01Location: Palo Alto, California

Handspring procured the services of Nova Partners to manage the bid processes of the general construction and architectural scopes on our Sunnyvale headquarters project. Due to their excellent performance in the preconstruction phase, Nova was contracted to manage the majority of the construction phase of this project. The project has been on budget and schedule from Day 1.

The project has been a challenge throughout, with the focus of the project design and construction changing from occupancy to sublease to sale. Nova has been an irreplaceable facet of the successful team, which has managed to fulfill the ever-changing demands of this project. We would hire Nova Partners again and have recommended them to others.

— Seth Henderson, Manager of Site Operations, Handspring, Inc.

Architects: ADD, Inc. Construction

Contractors: Devcon

About the Client: The Mozart Development Company has been developing quality commercial real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area for 35 years. The privately owned company has developed over 5.5 million square feet of high-technology campuses, mixed-use projects, and Class-A office buildings.


Project Description: The two-building, 342,000 square foot project was designed to serve as Handspring’s corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. The project included both open and private office areas with indirect lighting, as well as conference rooms and a full-service cafeteria/kitchen, central hub with conferencing, and training rooms. Lab spaces within the building included extensive IT cabling capabilities, and between-floor stairs were included to reduce elevator use and foster employee communications.

Nova Partners’ Role: Nova Partners was engaged as the construction manager to assist Handspring with their interior improvements to this space leased from Mozart Development. Nova was responsible for executing the design, overseeing construction, and managing the integration of IT equipment, cabling, signage, and security components of the project, as well as managing the $32 million project budget.