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Old October 29th, 2010, 07:05 AM   #761
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What a sexy building. I hope it gets built, it would be a nice addition to the SF skyline.
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Old October 30th, 2010, 12:10 AM   #762
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Wrong! It's quite unique.
The only city with two buildings of the same height is Kaula Lumper. But they have a twin towers.
But make San Francisco be the only city with two different-design buildings with the same height.
New York City has the Chrysler Building (1930; 1,046 ft tall) & the New York Times Building (2007; 1,046 ft tall):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...lest_buildings

I hope this gets built.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 03:12 PM   #763
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Can't they just built the Terminal from Pelli, and the tower from SOM?! This would be awesome!
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Old October 31st, 2010, 05:31 PM   #764
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I like it. Very slender, very tall.
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Old November 1st, 2010, 06:03 AM   #765
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wont be completed til around 2017
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Old November 1st, 2010, 08:26 AM   #766
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One of the nicest projects in the US right now IMHO. Tall, slender, elegant and overall I really like the design, but I will have to agree with some of you. I believe the SOM design was a little nicer.

Anyway, I can´t wait to see it built.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 11:02 PM   #767
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As a native to L.A, I have to say I am so jealous of this project. It looks awesome. It makes me wish I lived there. You guys have done so much for your city center you really should be proud. We have made great leaps here in our beautiful city of L.A, but have a long way to go to bring it up to San Francisco, New York levels in terms of urban development and planning.

Keep up the great work, and I REALLY hope this thing gets built, after all what's good for one city is good for all of CALIFORNIA.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 06:37 AM   #768
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Old February 14th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #769
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New video about the public art that'll grace the terminal inside and out...

http://transbaycenter.org/media-gall...ic-art-program
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Old February 15th, 2011, 04:14 AM   #770
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Not sure about those floors. But I love the moving LED screen and what appears to be a movie/video screen in the rooftop park.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 08:57 PM   #771
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those rocks seems to take after the egg of Lady Gaga in the Grammys LOL
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Old February 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM   #772
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New video about the public art that'll grace the terminal inside and out...

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Looks amazing.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 06:48 AM   #773
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From the video, it looks like they got rid of the glass roof over the main entrance and the trams to the roof park.

I didn't take any pictures, but the old Transbay Terminal is completely demolished and the Temporary Transbay Terminal is completed.

Also the 5 Renzo Piano towers proposed across, that included a 1000+ ft tower, has been canned. It's now 3 SOM towers, they will be 900+, 600+ and a 100+.

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Old February 18th, 2011, 07:37 AM   #774
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From the video, it looks like they got rid of the glass roof over the main entrance and the trams to the roof park.

I didn't take any pictures, but the old Transbay Terminal is completely demolished and the Temporary Transbay Terminal is completed.

Also the 5 Renzo Piano towers proposed across, that included a 1000+ ft tower, has been canned. It's now 3 SOM towers, they will be 900+, 600+ and a 100+.
wow that spumds great to at least have a 900 foot tower guaranteed...
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Old March 8th, 2011, 05:36 PM   #775
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San Francisco to start building Transbay Transit Center in May
Construction of the $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center begins this spring. The multimodal transport center, targeted for completion in 2017, will have a 1,000-foot tower that will be the city's tallest and a 5.4-acre rooftop park complete with walking paths, playgrounds, cafes, gardens and a fountain.
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http://archrecord.construction.com/n...ay_transit.asp
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Old March 8th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #776
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Old March 8th, 2011, 08:04 PM   #777
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Interesting that the "1000 foot tower" isn't part of the slideshow pictures.

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Though still in the planning-and-review stage, the obelisk-like Transbay Tower will be directly adjacent to the terminal, allowing office workers to have direct access to the rooftop park. King calls the tower’s current design “a little generic-looking,” but Clarke promises an iconic building that will become one of the defining images of San Francisco’s skyline. Unlike the transit center, which has funding fully in place, Clarke says the tower is “at least one real estate cycle away.”

That tells me that the tower is getting a redesign.

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Old March 8th, 2011, 10:26 PM   #778
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It's good to hear them acknowledge the bland characteristics of the current tower design. The design itself isn't "bad" outright, but its been done before, and for the tallest building in SF to have such similarities to other buildings completed/under construction is just wrong. Hopefully a redesign will bring out a unique and inspired design, although I don't feel like Pelli will be able to get anywhere near the SOM proposal's amazing design. Prove me wrong Pelli!
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That tells me that the tower is getting a redesign.

that will be wonderful, i mean, i don't disagree with the actual design, but if they make a redesign, it will be cool.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 12:20 AM   #780
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Construction of San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center To Begin This Spring
http://archrecord.construction.com/n...ay_transit.asp

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When the wrecking ball came down on San Francisco’s 71-year-old Transbay Terminal bus station in December, it marked the end of an era—and the beginning of a new one. The drab concrete structure will be replaced with the long-planned Transbay Transit Center, perhaps the most ambitious transportation hub to be built in the United States in the past few decades.

The $4.2 billion project, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, includes a multimodal transportation hub, a 5.4-acre rooftop park, and a 1,000-foot-tall tower that will displace the Transamerica Pyramid as the city’s tallest building.

Touted as the Grand Central Terminal of the West, the transit center, scheduled for completion in 2017, will be the focal point of a new mixed-use downtown neighborhood south of Market Street. Construction is scheduled to begin in May.

Funding will come from a variety of sources, including sales-tax revenues, bridge tolls, and federal loans and grants. In January, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the project would get $400 million in federal stimulus funds, part of a $2.25 billion grant for a high-speed-rail link between Anaheim and San Francisco.

In 2007, Pelli Clarke Pelli won a competition to design the new transit center, which is being developed by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. The glass-and-steel structure will occupy nearly five city blocks and accommodate buses, commuter trains, and California’s planned high-speed rail line, making it the nation’s first high-speed-rail station.

Planners say the terminal eventually will serve more 45 million passengers a year. Passengers will walk through a light-filled, multilevel facility with undulating glass panels supported by a network of steel columns. The key design element, however, is the rooftop park. “That was probably the boldest part of our proposal,” says Fred Clarke, senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli. “And I think it’s one of the reasons we were chosen for the project.”

Designed by Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture, Berkeley, California, the park will be open to the pubic and occupy the transit center’s entire roof. It will include walking paths, playgrounds, cafes, an amphitheater, gardens, and a 1,000-foot-long fountain with water jets triggered by the movement of the buses below. Visitors will enter the park via stairs, escalators, elevators, and perhaps even by funicular.

The park, Clarke says, will help make the transit center a “great neighbor,” not merely a functional transportation hub for daily commuters. “The history of transit centers in the United States is not a happy one,” he says. “They are seldom neighborly buildings—the Port Authority in New York is a perfect example. [Transit centers] tend to be blights on neighborhoods rather than generators.”

But John King, the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic, wonders how many people will actually use the elevated park. “There’s a lot of skepticism about it,” he says. “It may be too large and divorced from the city to really work.”

Though still in the planning-and-review stage, the obelisk-like Transbay Tower will be directly adjacent to the terminal, allowing office workers to have direct access to the rooftop park. King calls the tower’s current design “a little generic-looking,” but Clarke promises an iconic building that will become one of the defining images of San Francisco’s skyline. Unlike the transit center, which has funding fully in place, Clarke says the tower is “at least one real estate cycle away.”

King says few will miss the old Transbay Terminal building, which had fallen into disrepair and decay. Designed by noted San Francisco architect Timothy Pflueger and completed in 1939 as the terminal for commuter trains that once crossed the Bay Bridge, the concrete structure had long outlived its usefulness, even as a bus station. “It wasn’t Grand Central Terminal,” King says. “There was no real push to preserve it.”
















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