• Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Bay Area surgical device maker plans 1.2 million square foot expansion

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 3, 2022

A leading manufacturer of medical devices used in robotic surgery has applied for a building permit to build an 847K SF manufacturing and R&D facility next to its headquarters in Sunnyvale, along with 354K SF of new office space.

Intuitive Surgical will redevelop three sites across 32 acres on both sides of Kilfer Road, where it is headquartered, according to a report in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The surgical device maker plans to construct a 364K SF office building on a plot of Kilfer Road currently occupied by a fitness center and corporate car park. The company also plans to build an 11K SF amenity building for employees who work in the new office.

On the south side of Kilfer Road, Intuitive Surgical is planning a three-storey 847K SF manufacturing and research facility. The company will also build a five-level car park with a capacity of 1,700 cars.

The new manufacturing facility will be built on the site of an abandoned 60-year-old Mohawk Labs chemical plant and 105K SF R&D facility built in 1986.

Intuitive Surgical plans to link the new office building and factory with a 500ft pedestrian bridge spanning Kilfer Road. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

According to the architects, the buildings will feature curved roofs, with a paneled glass wall and angled skylights that evoke old-fashioned factory buildings but offer spacious interior atriums.

In October 2020, Intuitive Surgical added a 310K SF building to the Kilfer Road complex for its instruments and accessories division.

Santa Clara-based Agilent Technologies is the Bay Area’s largest medical device maker, with 17,000 employees worldwide and more than $6 billion in annual revenue, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Founded in 1995, Intuitive Surgical is the second-largest medical device manufacturer in the Bay Area, employing more than 2,000 workers in Sunnyvale and nearly 10,000 worldwide, with revenue of $5.71 billion. in 2021.

Cooper Companies based in San Ramon; Omnicell, based in Mountain View; and Alamdea-based Penumbra round out the top five on the Journal’s list of major Bay Area medical device manufacturers.

According to Crunchbase, more than 800 medical device manufacturers are located in the Bay Area, making it one of the top centers for medical devices in the United States, along with Minneapolis and Memphis.

According to Intuitive Surgical’s website, more than 10 million surgeries have been performed using the company’s da Vinci and Ion robotic systems. Intuitive integrates machine learning and artificial intelligence into its robotic medical devices.