President and Owner
Sharp Development Company
Kevin Bates is president and owner of Sharp Development Company, a commercial real estate company in the San Francisco area. He specializes in sustainable developments and renovations in the San Francisco peninsula. Sharp Development Company renovates buildings to net zero energy and carbon neutrality with a very strong emphasis on the health and wellness of the occupants. The company has completed six net-zero-energy projects and is currently in the process of driving an 82,408-square-foot manufacturing building in Fremont to net zero energy while it operates two shifts in the building. These NZE buildings are 100 percent naturally daylit; use natural air ventilation, electrochromic glass, LED lighting, a sophisticated building management system along with other active and passive methods to naturally light and condition the space; and are done at a cost that is quantifiably more profitable for the ownership than a standard renovation to meet code. Bates is working to evolve Sharp’s design methodologies, incorporating Kelvin-tuned lighting, power over ethernet, and outdoor solar canopies as well as various ways to bring nature into the work place.
Before focusing on sustainable developments, Bates oversaw all aspects of the development process, including obtaining entitlements, design, construction, marketing, leasing, and the placement of all debt and equity for over 50 buildings totaling over 2.5 million square feet of space. Product types included office, research and development, retail, data centers, medical, manufacturing, and industrial. He also has extensive experience in the documentation and placement of ground leases. Before Sharp Development Company, Bates worked as a commercial real estate developer for South Bay Development and as a loan officer for Union Bank. He received a BA in economics from Stanford and completed extension courses in sustainable design at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.