Google – San Jose Campus Land Use Planning


Project Profile

Project Name: Google – San Jose Campus Land Use Planning

Client: Google

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to assist Google with the Master Planning and development of the Proposed San Jose Campus in the City of San Jose, California and within the Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), Airport Influence Area (AIA) in Santa Clara County California. The Google Campus has the potential to transform Downtown San Jose with many new and expanded live/work development options. By focusing on the expansion of the existing Diridon Station, the Google Campus will complete station infrastructure for the California High Speed Rail, BART and Valley Transit Authority systems. The project will both improve and potentially modify SJC air service depending on the various building heights and locations on the site. The total campus development is likely to exceed 10 million square feet of office, residential and retail uses that will be developed over the next eight years.

  • Coordinate with Google Master Plan design team to identify the horizontal and vertical extent of the potential Project site area.
  • Review and assess airport, airline and air service information provided by the City of San Jose for use by the Google Project Team.
  • Collect airport and runway information and data to analyze One‐Engine‐Inoperative (OEI) information for critical two‐engine aircraft operating at SJC. Collect and analyze historical wind and weather information for SJC including visibility conditions to assess runway use configurations affecting the Project Site and the probability of OEI interactions.
  • Collect and analyze “worst‐case” commercial aircraft fleet (airline and business aircraft operators) information including aircraft types, operators, typical departure weights based upon markets served and typical fuel/range requirements. Assess and quantify any potential loss of service based on weather information and commercial aircraft fleet applying OEI criteria to typical operations at SJC.
  • Collect and analyze FAA Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) used by participating aircraft/airlines. Collect and analyze arrival and departure radar information to assess actual flight tracks and actual altitudes of arriving and departing aircraft, by type, at SJC.
  • Develop three‐dimensional graphic model of OEI information for what‐if analysis of various Project site plans and height configurations.
  • Assess Santa Clara County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) land use requirements (height, overflight, aircraft noise and intensity of use) within the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for SJC. Assess City of San Jose General Plan requirements and any applicable specific plans and area plans for land uses within the SJC AIA.

Outcome: Johnson Aviation continues to work with the Google Project team, City of San Jose and San Jose International Airport staff to develop physical and economic alternatives to SJC’s West OEI Corridor with a focus on minimizing disruption to current and future air service, analyzing the impacts of temporary construction cranes in downtown San Jose on SJC operations, and analyzing the impacts of aircraft noise on the planned Google Campus location.

Reference: Mr. Clyde Wright;