SAN RAMON -- PG&E will move hundreds of employees to San Ramon in a major consolidation of the company's gas control and electricity operations that will bring 1,700 employees to the East Bay's Bishop Ranch business park.
The San Francisco-based utility has struck a deal to lease 150,000 square feet at the Bishop Ranch office complex and intends to move 700 employees to the business center.
The employees will relocate from San Francisco, Oakland and Concord and include gas and electric transmission workers. Realty brokerage Cushman & Wakefield arranged the lease.
This is the second of two big leases that PG&E has undertaken at Bishop Ranch, whose principal developer is Sunset Development.
In March, PG&E disclosed a deal to lease 249,000 square feet of space for an entire office building. In that deal, PG&E will move 1,000 employees to a gas control facility that will become the nerve center of the embattled utility's gas operations. Those natural gas employees moved primarily from Walnut Creek and San Francisco.
"Our goal is more efficient operations," said Brittany Chord, a PG&E spokeswoman. "We want to be sure everyone is communicating and coordinating efficiently."
The gas control center is due to open in mid-2013.
"We continue to be a community that is safe and where companies want to relocate," said Ed Hagopian, an executive with Sunset Development.
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