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Project DescriptionFROM FOSTER + PARTNERS:
The new Oceanwide Center in San Francisco has received permission from the Planning Commission. Located in South of Market (SOMA), the project is a part of the Transbay development plan to provide increased density in the area. The 2.3 million square foot development comprises two mixed-use towers – the 605-foot Mission Street Tower accommodating a hotel and residences, and an 850-foot office and residential tower along First Street, both reflecting the existing scale of the area and providing a significant amount of new hotel, office and residential spaces in this downtown neighborhood. The project also features impressive new public spaces and important new pedestrian connections designed to support the increased density, while also restoring and revitalizing two historic buildings on site.
Responsive in urban and environmental terms, the development brings together places to live and work with the city’s most important new transport hub, further evolving a sustainable model of high density, mixed-use development that the practice has always promoted. At ground level, the buildings are open, accessible and transparent – and have been ‘lifted up’ by almost five stories to provide a new ‘urban room’ for the region. This space is crisscrossed by pedestrian routes that are an extension of the historic streets and alleyways in the area, knitting the new scheme with the urban grain of the city. With an area of 22,000 square feet this is a substantial addition to the public realm in the area, and has been created by locating the building’s service core towards one edge, thereby freeing the large span space for the public. The project will have a wide ranging program of art installations throughout the public spaces, along with landscaping by Kathryn Gustafson.
Collaborating Architect Heller Manus Architects
Structural Engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates
M+E Engineer Foster + Partners/Taylor Engineering/Engineering Enterprise
Landscape Architect Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GNN)
Land Use Attorney Reuben Junius & Rose
Civil Engineer BKF
Fire Consultant The Fire Consultant
Elevator Consultant GVK
Logistics/Waste Management Lerch Bates
Shadow Consultant CADP
LEED Consultant Thornton Tomasetti
Historic Preservation Consultant Page & Turnbull
Parking Consultant Watry Design
Wind Engineering consultant RWDI
Façade Consultant Heintges & Associates
Acoustic Consultant Wilson Ihrig
Permit Expeditor A.R.Sanchez
Traffic Consultant Kittleson
EIR/CPE Consultant Environmental Science Associates
Retail/Office Consultant Cushman & Wakefield
Residential Consultant Polaris
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