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Old May 5th, 2013, 09:01 PM   #121
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Old May 5th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #122
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Since this thread seems to have come back to life and I'd like it to stay that way, I'll repost a couple of recent shots I took and posted in the North American section ("Projects"):

Crescent Heights: "NEMA" (10th & Market)



Boston Properties: 535 Mission


Market @ Franklin (sorry--don't know the project's name)


Kilroy Realty: 350 Mission
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Old May 6th, 2013, 07:39 PM   #123
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New renderings of the Warriors arena:





























As you can see from the outline in the bay here, the end of the pier will still be used on occasion for docking ships, the arena having been moved back from the bay a bit in order to accommodate them:



source: http://www.nba.com/warriors/sf?venue#_

Now they need to add the Bay Lights to the south side of the Bay Bridge too
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Old May 7th, 2013, 12:43 AM   #124
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Exclusive First Look at Transbay Transit Center Construction



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In case you haven't heard, San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center is kind of a big deal. (Emphasis on big.) This massive bus and train station will nearly stretch from 2nd to Main streets, and will be 5 levels with a 5.4-acre rooftop park and surrounding plazas. It will be completely enveloped in glassperforated aluminum, and house all major regional bus lines, Caltrain, and maybe, eventually, possibly, California High-Speed Rail. We recently took tour of the site to find out just how big this project is.

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As we traveled west toward 2nd Street, where the first days of construction began, the depth and scale began to increase dramatically. We eventually found ourselves 65 feet below street level, looking up at the towers surrounding us. Workers at this end have completed excavation and ground stabilizing, and are currently testing out the waterproofing that will eventually turn the entire site into a giant bathtub. The next step for the site will be pouring the 6+ feet thick foundation. 3000-4000 cubic yards of concrete will be poured at a time (that's 300-400 trucks per pour) in what we can assume will be chaotic overnight sessions.

When the first phase is completed in late-2017, the entire above ground building will be completed, along with the "train-box" in the lowest level of the station, and the all bus ramps, a bus storage facility, and the landscaping of parks/plazas. Phase 2, which does not have a definitive start date at this point, will involve outfitting the train-box for passenger service and digging a tunnel from the current Caltrain depot at 4th and King streets to the terminal itself.






















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Old May 7th, 2013, 10:36 PM   #125
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Some details on the three buildings proposed to go up as part of the Warriors arena development:

http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2...rena.html#more

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While the Warriors' preliminary designs for the development of SWL 330 called for two towers rising up to 150 feet from a solid base of retail, their new design calls for two 100-foot hotel buildings on the northern part of the lot and a 175-foot residential tower to the south with a low-rise commercial building, garage and pedestrian walkway between:






I wish they would go taller, but this is still way better than the parking lots that are there currently.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 11:54 PM   #126
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great pictures, thanks for all these updates
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Old May 9th, 2013, 12:13 AM   #127
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Civic Center Rental Project Looking for a Green Light



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101 Polk Street is a new project coming before the Planing Commission tomorrow that converts a surface parking lot at the corner of Polk and Hayes to a 13-story, 162-unit residential building with 51 below-ground parking spots and a roof terrace. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (of 100 Van Ness and 399 Fremont fame), the building will feature a mix of studios, 1-, and 2-bedroom rental apartments with inclusionary affordable housing units on site. It's been a veritable lovefest over this project, with SPUR, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, the Civic Center Community Benefit District, the San Francisco Housing Coalition, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the San Francisco Symphony, Another Planet Entertainment (long-term lease holder at Bill Graham Auditorium) and others all supporting it.






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Old May 9th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #128
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Attack of the NIMBYS!

Swanky Ritz Carlton Neighbors Appeal Mexican Museum Condo Project Up Before Supervisors



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The neighbor drama-rama over the Mexican Museum condo project at 705 Mission continues, as an appeal of the environmental review certification has made its way before the Board of Supervisors today. The project includes a new 550-foot tall, 47-story tower to be adjacent and connected to the existing 10-story Aronson Building, including up to 215 residential units, space for The Mexican Museum, office and ground-floor retail/restaurant uses, and 442 parking spaces. Swanky neighbors from the Ritz Carlton condos complained that the project will bring too many people and too much traffic, but the Planning Commission went ahead with the environmental certification anyway. Now an appeal has been filed by various neighbor groups, like 765 Market Street Residential Owners Association, Friends of Yerba Buena, Tenants and Owners Development Corporation, and Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium. They've bumped up the complaints a couple notches - too much traffic, too many pedestrians will cause crime (nevermind those active streetscapes), the tower will cast shadows on Union Square and Jessie Square, and the project will mess up the historic Aronson Building (even though the HPC already cleared it)....





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Old May 9th, 2013, 01:45 AM   #129
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Word on the street is that the board unanimously affirmed the EIR
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Old May 11th, 2013, 08:41 AM   #130
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Sup. Chiu Raises a Stink About 8 Washington's Threat to Sewer System



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The drama-laden luxury condo development at 8 Washington now finds itself battling a potential s**tstorm courtesy of its long-time foe, Supe David Chiu. The draw of the 134-unit, 136ft high luxury condominium project relies heavily on its sweet location near the Ferry Building, but it's also situated a cool 6ft away from a pressurized sewer pipeline that handles a quarter of the City's wastewater. A report by the SFPUC back in February warned that the project's construction could threaten both the century-old pipeline as well as two underground vaults and an overflow structure, but according to Chiu the agency did not call enough attention to the risks while the Board of Supes was considering the project. It seems odd that the BoS can't be expected to read the report or the news coverage summarizing it, but that's yesterday's news. In full prosecutorial mode, Chiu asked developer Simon Snellgrove of Pacific Waterfront Partners who would pay for a possible rupture in the infrastructure. The answer, at least after the project is completed, is the future condo owners, for whom Chiu apparently "feels very sorry."
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Old May 31st, 2013, 04:33 AM   #131
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SFMOMA’s Sn°hetta-Designed Expansion Has Broken Ground




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SFMOMA’s Sn°hetta-designed 225,000-square-foot expansion officially broke ground this morning. Tomorrow, a free four-day public countdown celebration begins. And starting June 3, the museum will be under construction and closed for two and a half years.

When SFMOMA reopens in early 2016, the museum’s gallery space will have more than doubled, including a new glass enclosed gallery facing Howard Street to showcase Richard Serra's monumental sculpture "Sequence" which has been on display at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center since 2011, on loan from the Fisher Collection:
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Old May 31st, 2013, 04:34 AM   #132
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Permits For Tishman's 201 Folsom Street Towers Project Issued


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As we first reported last month, while Tishman Speyer was still waiting for final sign-off on the permits to start construction on their 201 Folsom Street Project, according to a plugged-in source, the timing was imminent.

Yesterday, building permits for the two towers, two 8-story midrises, and a podium building to rise on the site pictured above were approved and issued. While now waiting for sign-off on the permit to commence excavation and shoring, the building(s) should soon begin.












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As 50 First Street Plans Gel, Three Towers Become Two


http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...et_project.php

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Having been on hold for a few years, the plans for a few big towers to rise at First and Mission, a.k.a. the 50 First Street site, have been reworked and resubmitted to Planning.

As currently envisioned, the existing office/retail buildings at 50 First, 62 First, and 76-78 First would be razed to make room for a 850-foot tall, 59-story tower fronting First Street as well as a 605-foot tall, 56-story tower fronting Mission Street.

The 850-foot First Street Tower One would contain 1,220,000 square feet of office space over ground-floor retail, as was previously proposed, with a garage for up to 187 cars.



Plans for the 605-foot tower fronting Mission now call for 500 residential units over ground floor retail and a five level subterranean parking garage with 136 parking spaces. Earlier plans to include hotel and entertainment components in the tower have been dropped.

Plans for a third tower on the corner of First and Mission have also been dropped and the existing building at 88 First Street would be rehabilitated as part of the 50 First project.

Noting that because of its height, "the proposed [850-foot] Tower One would stand out as a major landmark on the skyline," and as such, "the design should exceed conventional standards and should be a stellar piece of contemporary architecture comparable to the best tall buildings worldwide," the Planning Department has offered a few suggestions for the tower's design, the images of which above are simply placeholders at this point:

Consider design options that sculpt the building to create a unique feature on the skyline. The top of Tower One should feature a dynamic and interesting top that presents an interesting profile. To the extent that shadow considerations, based on further analysis, might prevent major additional decorative rooftop elements from rising above a height of 850 feet, the Department expects a reduction of sufficient occupied space at the top of the building below 850 feet to allow for a satisfying sculpted building top within the 850-foot height envelope.

As part of the project, Jessie Street would be rerouted and the portion of Tower One that spans the existing Jessie Street route would be converted into a three-story public galleria (Jessie Street Galleria); Elim Alley would be converted to a two-story galleria with lobby and retail uses (Elim Alley Galleria); and a public plaza would sit at the base of Tower Two.

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Old June 1st, 2013, 10:05 PM   #134
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The Inner Richmond's 300 Cornwall is Ready for its Close-Up



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Let's get to know 300 Cornwall, which consists of six independent homes (one has already gone into contract) designed by award-winning architect Owen Kennerly. Each home is has two levels, three bedrooms and either two or three bathrooms. The homes are located in the Inner Richmond and range from 1275 square feet to 2400 square feet, with prices ranging from $1.495M to $2.295M. Unlike most developments, each home at 300 Cornwall has a completely different floor plan from the others. Sustainable highlights include radiant heating for the floor, solar panels and solar thermal hot water systems, LED lighting, and low voltage halogen lighting.
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Renderings Revealed for 535 Mission in SoMa



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Way back in 2008, 535 Mission won our Best Building (That Didn't Actually Get Built) award. Shoot forward five years and the building boom is back in full swing, so 535 Mission has crawled out of the development black hole of the late 2000s. The HOK-designed, 27-story office building will reach a height of 378 feet. Construction began back in 2008 before being suspended due to the poor economy, giving this tower a head start on its now opening date of late 2014. The site was previously abandoned by Beacon Capital Partners due to the economy's downturn, so Boston Properties bought it when the latest tsunami of cash hit the Bay Area's building scene. When completed it will be adjacent to the Transbay Transit Center via a pedestrian plaza along Shaw Alley, and a double-height entry will greet visitors. The building is slated for LEED Gold certification.













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New Renderings Revealed for Van Ness Boutique Building

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The Battle Of The Mexican Museum Heats Up



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The Planning and Rec & Park Commissions held a special joint hearing to hammer out the details over the 706 Mission/Mexican Museum project. The Handel Architects-designed project, which includes a new 47-story residential tower and rehabilitation of the 10-story Aronson Building, would contain up to 215 dwelling units, a 52,000 sq.ft. museum, and approximately 4,800 sq.ft. of retail. First, the Planning Commission will vote to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report, and judging from some of the swanky neighbor brouhaha over the project, we expect to hear a few last-ditch complaints about traffic and pedestrian congestion during public comments. Then the two commissions will discuss and vote on shadow impacts, since the massive project could increase shadow coverage over Jessie Square and Union Square. The height's already been reduced from the original 520' to 480' in response to Supervisor concerns over shadows (though with penthouse and mechanical bits, the height will cap out around 510' in certain parts). There are a thousand other entitlements and plan amendments to vote on too, but hopefully this hearing will wrap up the five-year-long project and construction can finally get underway.
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Residents of the Four Seasons on Market Street are prepared to file a lawsuit over the construction of the 47-story Mexican Museum and tower if approved on June 4. The group, calling themselves "Friends of Yerba Buena Gardens," claim that shadows cast by the tower on Union Square would be significant enough to violate city law. The group stresses they support the museum and the condo tower "as long as it's only 351 feet" tall.

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New Details Emerge for Google's Mountain View Campus



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Google has been very hush-hush when it comes to details of its new 1.1 million sq. ft. campus currently under construction in Mountain View, but we now know some ultra-green features for the mega-project that will be online in 2015. The 42-acre site will be located very close to sensitive wetlands, so Google will only be covering 5 percent of the land with office space, and reserving a full 15 percent to wetland recovery areas. The wetlands will be accessible to employees "which executives see as a potential source of inspiration and education."

Google hopes to keep travel time between any two locations on the campus under three minutes. To assist in this they will be installing an elevated bicycle track that will connect all nine buildings together in "an infinity loop," where one can "keep circling to your heart's content." Alternative modes of travel will be a theme at the new Googleplex, as cars will also be taking a secondary role. Only around 2,200 parking spaces will be built for the estimated 4,000 employees to work on the campus. A large portion of those spaces will be housed underground, but the rest will be located at a few surface parking lots. These lots, Google hopes, will be removed once more people embrace alternative ways of commuting to work. The project is chock-full of additional green features and is aiming for the highest possible LEED rating: platinum.
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SFMOMA Closes, Breaks Ground on Expansion Project



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With nothing remaining of the old Fire Station #1 but a pile of rubble, the SFMOMA expansion project is officially underway. The Sn°hetta-designed expansion and remodel, coming in at a whopping $610 million, will add 225,000 square feet, more than double the existing gallery space and 6 times the public space. Features will include an outdoor terrace, sculpture terrace, and state-of-the-art conservation studios. The new building will create space for the Fisher Collection, donated by Gap founders Doris and Donald Fisher, and is seeking LEED Gold certification. A modern fire station was built down the road in order for the museum to expand onto the adjacent parcel.

The museum officially closed on June 2, and will remain that way for roughly 2.5 years while under construction, but there are still many opportunities to experience the art collection through the SFMOMA On the Go program.








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