40 New Developments Now Under Construction in San Francisco – 7/40

40 New Developments Now Under Construction in San Francisco – 7/40

40 New Developments Now Under Construction in San Francisco – 7/40



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535 Mission is an HOK-designed office tower rising quickly above Mission street. The 27-story tower will clock in at 378 feet and be completed next year.

535 Mission Street is under construction and will be a brand new class A office tower, ideally located in San Francisco’s South Financial District. Situated between the North Financial District and SOMA. The building is one of the first LEED Core & Shell gold pre-certified office towers in SF. Located near the Transbay Transit Center, City Park, SF MOMA, and Yerba Buena makes 535 Mission Street the ideal office location, commencing TI’s October 2014.

In 1984, a partnership called Bredero-Northern filed an application for a 300 foot (91 m) tall, 23-story office building.[5] The Environmental Impact Report was certified in 1986, but the project was subsequently withdrawn by the developers and never built. In 1999, a new sponsor called DWI Development, Inc. proposed a 22-story, approximately 294 foot (90 m) tall building, which was approved in April 2000. Following the dot-com crashHines Interests Limited Partnership took over the project and in 2002 demolished the existing structures and built a temporary parking lot until the economy recovered.[5]

With the office market slow to recover, the site was sold in 2003 to Monahan Pacific for $19.2 million, with plans to switch the development to condominiums. In 2005, the site was approved for a 35-story, 360 foot (110 m) tall building containing up to 273 housing units.[5] However, by 2006, citing an “overheated” residential real estate market, Monahan Pacific sold the development site to Beacon Capital Partners for $30 million, who changed the plans back to offices.[6]

Beacon broke ground on 535 Mission during the summer of 2008, driving piles and laying the building’s foundation. In October, with the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, construction on the building was halted.[7] After lying dormant for four years, the site was sold along with already purchased construction materials to Boston Properties for $71 million.[3] Boston Properties restarted construction in 2013. Topping-out ceremonies were held on January 8, 2014[8] and the building opened in November 2014.[4] The building was planned to attain LEED Gold status upon completion.[3]

The San Francisco Chronicle’s architecture critic John King stated that 535 Mission Street “isn’t a masterpiece”, but praised its architectural restraint, with an “unusual but understated form [that] is emphasized by the sleek glass skin, where sometimes, especially near dusk or dawn, each side reads as a single blue or silver pane.”[4]

As of 2014, one third of the space is occupied by Trulia, an real estate website company.

Cost – US$215 million


Architect: HOK
Developer: Boston Properties, Inc.
Contractor: Swinerton

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