December 20, 2013
Salesforce Tower Supersized To 30 Stories
Having survived an appeal and then an appeal to re-hear the appeal, the paperwork has been signed to allow the office tower under construction at 350 Mission Street to reach a full 30 stories and 455 feet in height versus 375 feet as was originally approved.
The 420,000-square-foot building which will be fully occupied by Salesforce when finished includes retail and restaurant space on the ground floor and mezzanine and an open 10,000-square-foot lobby with 50-foot ceilings at the corner of Mission and Fremont.
First Published: December 20, 2013 8:00 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Now if we could just change the underlying appeal regs so we don't have to go through this cr*p on every project throughout the City...
Posted by: Sierrajeff at December 20, 2013 8:12 AM
Odds of adding 31' to Transbay Tower height?
Posted by: sf at December 20, 2013 8:26 AM
No way that ground floor lobby ever feels that "open" due to security issues. At the very least, there will be dozens of bollards in each opening to prevent cars from driving in, if not more to keep out homeless carts.
The idea of an open lobby is noble, the reality is clutter and security issues.
Posted by: wiger toods at December 20, 2013 8:37 AM
Cool. Yes now please restore the height to Transbay Tower.
Posted by: Snark17 at December 20, 2013 8:53 AM
wow, goodbye to Millennium values for units facing north (that don't clear that height).
Posted by: anon at December 20, 2013 9:15 AM
Awesome! And yes, Sierrajeff- they need to change the appeal process.
I keep hoping that they're secretly going to announce at the last minute that the Transbay Tower is heightened. I swear if that Wilshire Hotel in LA wins because of its stupid spire I will go and rip it off myself haha. Whatever happened to competition?? This city needs to have that kind of drive with the Transbay Tower!
Posted by: seriously at December 20, 2013 9:51 AM
My dream is Google leasing the entire Transbay Tower and using that as the hook to add a few floors to the tower - ideally as secretly as possible, a la the competition between the Chrysler Building and the Bank of Manhattan Building in 1920s New York. Would love to announce a taller tower after it's too late for Korean Air to do anything to their design!
Posted by: Sierrajeff at December 20, 2013 10:03 AM
"wow, goodbye to Millennium values for units facing north (that don't clear that height)."
Why? Their north views are already limited by 45 Fremont (476 feet tall), 50 Fremont (600 feet), and 425 Market (525 feet).
Posted by: emanon at December 20, 2013 10:11 AM
I like that LED billboard.
Posted by: sf at December 20, 2013 10:39 AM
That lobby looks awesome and I'm glad to see the height increased by such a significant amount.
Posted by: lyqwyd at December 20, 2013 10:46 AM
I think wiger toods is right about that rendering. If you make an opening big enough to drive a car through, eventually someone will do just that. I see this all the time where a pedestrian path trailhead swallows an alcohol blinded driver mistaking it for an expected turnoff several yards away.
Hey, is this the building that includes the slowly sliding benches in the lobby? I hope that feature is retained.
Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at December 20, 2013 11:02 AM
Looks cool. I'm sure there will be complaints by some city dwellers about the MUNI power lines that detract from the building and overall appeal of SF.
Posted by: Mark at December 20, 2013 2:16 PM
There are some great buildings in the Financial District that incorporate walkable covered space parallel to the sidewalk (ought to be a code requirement in my book) - but this design takes that to a whole new level - congrats!
When this drought finally ends we'll all be looking for convenient places to duck in out of the rain between here and there.
Posted by: GoodByeBadTimes at December 20, 2013 4:53 PM
You leave the MUNI power lines alone, Jeff! They are part of the urban look and feel that makes you know you are in a city. Plus electric buses are cleaner and greener than the gas buses. Interesting that the top picture shows the bus wires for the #6 Parnassus coming out of the old Transbay Terminal that have been removed and the bottom picture omits the wires for the #14 Mission which are still intact.
Posted by: Patrick at December 20, 2013 5:17 PM
I agree, I love the power lines. One of the things that made me fall in love with SF!
Posted by: sf at December 21, 2013 12:08 PM
I thought I was strange for liking the MUNI power lines but realize I am not alone. Somehow , they are attractive to me and are part of the unique atmosphere of this city.
Posted by: Anon94123 at December 21, 2013 4:14 PM
I also agree with others about love for our MUNI overhead wires on trolleys.
Since the renewable energy from Hetch-Hetchy is carbon free and costs the City nothing, seeing overhead wires is a small price to pay.
Posted by: Jackson at December 23, 2013 9:42 AM
I love the parallel MUNI wires too. Others have articulated it better than me about them being somewhat similar to rail in that they give a perception of permanence to a line. You can see the predictable route even when the bus is not there and have a reasonable amount of confidence that one will pass by (eventually). This has quantifiable economic benefits.
Posted by: bruiteur at December 23, 2013 11:10 AM
The overhead lines are especially beautiful at night when headlight reflections glide along them.
Posted by: francis at December 23, 2013 2:35 PM
Nope, you're all wrong, those ugly power lines may be a necessary evil thanks to buses posing as transit, (and no, I wouldn't prefer diesel buses) it's undeniable that they're dog ugly eyesores everywhere they run.
Posted by: anon at December 24, 2013 3:45 PM
Do not forget that ugly power lines are non-discriminatory, and must appeal at some, perhaps subliminal, level to the Comrades. They run in front of some of the finest houses in the finest neighborhoods, including Jackson Street on the north side of Alta Plaza park.
Posted by: conifer at December 25, 2013 11:15 AM