July 24, 2007

Transbay Design Competition: The Revised Schedule And Unveiling

Transbay Terminal And Tower Design Competiton Schedule

Frederick has heard rumblings of a 1,500 foot tower (despite the current height limits of 550 feet), and as Jamie notes, you can watch the unveiling on SFGTV (channel 26) if you can’t make it in person (on August 6th).

The public is invited to a Special TJPA Board Meeting on Monday, August 6th, 2007 from 6 pm to 9 pm in San Francisco City Hall Board Chamber Room where we will be unveiling the proposed design concepts for the new landmark Transbay Transit Center and Tower in downtown San Francisco.
Presentations will be given at the August 6th, Special TJPA Board Meeting, at City Hall, 6:00 to 9:00 PM, (in order) by the following teams:
* Richard Rogers Partnership/Forest City Enterprises/MacFarlane Partners
* Skidmore Owings and Merrill/Rockefeller Group Development Corporation
* Pelli Clark Pelli Architects/Hines
The design models will also be on display for the public Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 from 8 am to 6 pm in the North Light Court at San Francisco City Hall.

And while we have no interest in stealing the city’s thunder (and are probably aiming even higher than the tower), we are calling on all plugged-in tipsters that might have access to initial sketches, ideas or design concepts that were never submitted. Heck, we’ll even settle for homemade renderings (Godzilla anyone?) or additional rumors.

Transbay Terminal Design Update: And Then There Were Three [SocketSite]
Transbay Terminal (And Tower) Design Competition: The Teams [SocketSite]

First Published: July 24, 2007 3:50 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

I'm anxious to see what gets proposed.

Also note the Transit Center District Plan meeting run by the Planning Department happens tomorrow, July 25th from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 701 Mission Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets). I believe buildings' heights in the Transbay redevelopment area will be a big part of the discussion in this and similar upcoming meetings.

Sadly, I'll not be able to attend tomorrow's meeting because I'll be driving to Visalia with a colleague for business purposes. I'm hopeful someone out there can provide us Plugged in folks a summary observation though! :)

Posted by: Jamie at July 24, 2007 8:26 AM

I think I can speak for most of San Francisco when I say that a 1,500 footer would be a most welcome addition. Bring it on!

Posted by: Saroyan at July 24, 2007 1:43 PM

I'll be attending the meeting in full pro- height force.. and I will provide summary, pics, and details at www.skyscraperpage.com under the Transbay Tower thread if anybody is interested!

Posted by: tyler82 at July 24, 2007 5:52 PM

Hello Jamie and Transbay Terminal fans/opponents.

I attended the San Francisco Planning Department's presentation tonight at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts auditorium. About 100 to 200 attendee’s saw and heard a 1 hour presentation by the Planning Department of the first public forum of many to come regarding the process of creating the "TransBay Terminal" plan. The presentation included the history of the various zoning plans that created the Financial District and its expansion south of Market, the removal of the Embarcadero Freeway, the plans to create a new transit hub and the possible changes to the Transbay Terminal Area.

The presentation deferred to the TBJPA as to when the new terminal would be built, what components it would include (Cal Train, Muni, High-Speed Rail, retail, housing, office and/or other components and invited those interested the specific's of the terminal to attend the August 6th presentation at City Hall.

Several of those speakers in the audience were not in favor of "skyscraper" high rise buildings changing the views of the Financial District from various neighborhoods in the City.

Several others spoke in favor of a new "signature tower or towers" that would bring San Francisco into the future, provide more tourism and provide a higher level of transportation for all of the Bay Area.

The presentation included a discussion as to the existing 550 foot tall zoning, "the proposed 850 foot to 1,000 ft "+" zoning and a re-defining of the skyline of the City. A well received presentation by the audience, with an invitation to attend the next forum.

Frederick

Posted by: Frederick at July 25, 2007 10:24 PM

Hi Frederick, I was there too -- sorry I didn't see you.

I asked the question about building height, and when a decision would be made about the height limit (would it go to 1,500 feet, 1,800, etc..) Good to know that the height plans are going to be worked out within 6 months!

Posted by: Damion at July 26, 2007 12:18 AM

Thank you Frederick, Damion, and Tyler 82 for your summaries (the last being on http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=106791&page=19 )

Sounds like I didn't miss too much .. just hate to not be there to give voice to the "let's take it over 1000'" crowd.

Posted by: Jamie at July 26, 2007 4:18 PM

It is amazing that you (representing San Francisco's artistic taste) have selected this oversized sculpture for such an important
public site without reaching out to more artists that included a more publicized sculpture competition allowing for real civic choice from a good number of world class artists, many from the Bay Area and even those from other Pacific Rim backgrounds.

Once again San Francisco has illustrated it's continued historic narrow mindness; provincial blindness (inside trading so-to-speak) on important civic art and architectural projects and issues
that will effect many future generations to come.

Posted by: Jerry Emanuel at March 19, 2011 5:58 PM

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