2016 PBID Survey Results

The Sparkler, Summer 2015


Groundwerx provides enhanced cleaning, ambassador and image enhancement services resulting in improved vitality and increased property values in downtown San Jose. Service commenced Jan. 28, 2008. Download the Groundwerx Brochure


  • Create a sparkling and friendly environment for those who live, work and play here.
  • Increase property values by improving the overall perception of downtown San Jose.
  • Provide private-sector control and accountability.

Principal Duties

  • Groundwerx clean & green teams use state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly equipment to clean and maintain sidewalks and pedestrian areas.
  • Provide basic and premium levels of cleaning services. Premium services will be twice that of the basic services. See map.
  • Serve as “eyes and ears” on the street and assist in the deterrence of nuisance crimes, such as graffiti, loitering and panhandling.
  • Develop and enable image-enhancing streetscape improvements within the district.  The latest example is “The Halo” light show in the Circle of Palms

Downtown San Jose– Almaden Boulevard Exercise Loop Entry Sign/Monument

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 9.46.13 PMThe downtown Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) is seeking to select a designer(s) to construct and install a vertical entry sign/monument for the Exercise Loop in downtown San Jose. The designer(s) will work with the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) to develop their piece in the Fitness Hub located in the median of Almaden Boulevard and Santa Clara Street. The entry/monument will not only identify the Exercise Loop by name, but must also express branding and wayfinding elements for the Exercise Loop itself.

To be considered for this project, refer to the application process and send the information by Friday, August 19, 2016 by 5:30 pm.

Almaden Blvd Exercise Loop Fact Sheet

For more Information, please direct questions to Stephanie Wong, PBID Project Coordinator

DOWNLOAD THE DOWNTOWN STREETLIFE PLAN prepared for Groundwerx February 2014.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 12.29.45 AMDue to size of files, each of the six chapters of the Street Life Plan must be downloaded separately.

  1. Introduction
  2. Downtown Assets
  3. Downtown Initiatives
  4. Characteristics of a Quality Public Realm
  5. Districtwide Streetscape Improvement Projects
  6. Focus Areas

Silicon Valley Business Journal’s abbreviated version of the STREETLIFE PLAN


Help make downtown sparkle: For Groundwerx Ambassadors and Clean Teams Services, call 408-287-1520. If you have a comment or see that something’s off, call Groundwerx Operations Manager Eric Hon at
408-590-0241 or email ehon@sjdowntown.com 

For job inquires, please contact the Groundwerx office at 408-287-1520.

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