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Old February 4th, 2012, 03:58 PM   #841
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Of course, by 2100 San Francisco may have 3 supertalls.

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Old March 13th, 2012, 01:17 AM   #842
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Plans revamped for SF's tallest skyscraper
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(03-12) 11:00 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The long-dormant proposal for a skyline-busting skyscraper next to the Transbay Terminal has come back to life - a bit slimmer and shorter, but still aiming to be San Francisco's tallest tower.

The glassy white high rise would be 60 stories and 1,070 feet tall with an entrance at First and Mission streets, according to new plans submitted to the city. It would contain 1.35 million square feet of office space and be accompanied by a half-acre public plaza. The proposed height would extend 220 feet above the Transamerica Pyramid, which was completed in 1972 and is the city's tallest tower.

The filing is another sign that developers are confident the technology-driven revival of the city's economy is real and that there is a looming need for more commercial and residential space. It also comes as the Planning Department finishes work on a long-term plan for the area around the former terminal. A vote is expected late this spring on the plan, which includes environmental studies for the so-called "Transit Tower."

That plan must be in place before a vote on the tower. Even if all goes smoothly, developers say the earliest construction could begin is late next year, with a 2016 opening. "San Francisco is ready for more office space, so we want to advance as soon as possible," said Paul Paradis of Hines, the development firm selected in September 2007 to erect was then was proposed to be a 1,200-foot-tall, 1.8 million-square-foot tower on land controlled by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. The authority will use proceeds from the sale of this and other development sites to help fund the multimodal transit center now being built.

The revised tower keeps the obelisk form of the original design with office floors giving way to a see-through crown. The changes are subtle ones: The skin's lattice-like metal-work would taper in toward the glass at the curved corners, creating what the architects say will be a smooth vase-like effect. The glass would be a neutral color, behind aluminum mullions and spandrels painted pearlescent white. The outer grids would double as sunshades to reduce the tower's energy use.

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Old March 13th, 2012, 01:56 AM   #843
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Old March 13th, 2012, 02:49 AM   #844
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Hope this happens. San Francisco deserves it!
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Old March 13th, 2012, 08:51 AM   #845
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Looks great but of course I would have easily preferred the taller version
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Old March 13th, 2012, 08:54 AM   #846
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Wonderful news! A little shorter, but no biggy. As long as it gets built, that's all that matters.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #847
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Congrats to San Fransisco!
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Old March 13th, 2012, 10:28 PM   #848
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good news for San Francisco, but the design is a bit boring for a super tall imo
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Old March 13th, 2012, 10:31 PM   #849
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Just build it. We'll all come to appreciate it.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:56 AM   #850
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Nice elegant shape. Congrats to SF.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 01:55 PM   #851
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cool tower. like costanera center chile
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Old March 14th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #852
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Nice design.
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Well good to see this isn't dead then.
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Well good to see this isn't dead then.
far from it... it never was dead
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Old March 15th, 2012, 01:16 AM   #855
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Well good to see this isn't dead then.
The office vacancy rate in San Francisco is 8.5% (half the vacancy rate of Manhattan which has multiple supertalls in the pipeline) and the Class A vacancy rate is much lower. The only reason the tower is not starting up this year is all the construction on the Transbay Transit Center that would be difficult to choreograph the tower's construction around. Also a lead tennant needs to get signed but given the space needs of many firms in the Bay Area, that shouldn't be too difficult.

It's a very large, tight site:

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Old March 15th, 2012, 01:27 AM   #856
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I prefer the previous design ...
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Old March 15th, 2012, 04:04 AM   #857
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As I mentioned elsewhere, what may make this tower possible is this:

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office vacancy rate of 8.65 percent in SoMa at the end of 2011 versus rates of 23.6 percent in 2008 and 25.5 percent in 2009, and an overall office vacancy rate of 9.3 percent for San Francisco
Source: http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2...ough_soma.html

plus the additional requirement by Salesforce.com for up to 2 million square feet for the headquarters they need but have recently decided not to build themselves.

There probably is not that much suitable space available in San Francisco. So something has to be built.

There are a number of shorter (but still attractive and desirable in their own way) office towers already approved but put on hold by the 2008 recession. These include 535 Mission and 350 Mission in blocks on either side of the Transbay tower (which would essentially be 401 Mission if it had an address). Together, the 3 would make a "campus" in excess of the 2 million square feet Salesforce wants. But, in any case, San Francisco now clearly needs a lot more downtown office space and the Transbay Tower has finally become economically feasible.
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