The board of directors of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) has approved their competition jury's recommendation to enter into exclusive negotiations with the team of Hines and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for a new Transbay Transit Center and Tower in the center of San Francisco's business district. The TJPA conducted an international competition over the past nine months that generated designs from several world-renowned architects.
Artist impression of the Transbay Street.
Transbay grand concourse light column.
At the heart of the winning proposal is City Park, a five-and-a-half-acre public park that will sit atop the new transit center. In addition to being a generous amenity for a growing neighborhood, City Park will double as a 'green roof' for the transit facility, one of many environmentally friendly building features.
Crowning these elements, an elegant 1,200-ft² office tower will become a landmark addition to the San Francisco skyline and the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago. Designed to include state-of-the-art security, safety, and sustainability features, the planned 1.7 million-ft² office tower will be developed, owned and operated by Hines.
"It is a tremendous honor for our firm to have been selected, especially considering the quality of the other teams and designs," said Gerald D. Hines. "This project includes the most innovative thinking from around the world in the fields of sustainability, transit design and urban planning. It will be one of the great places in San Francisco and a model for other cities."
"I am incredibly happy and excited with the news that our proposal has been selected for the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco," said architect Cesar Pelli. "The Transit Center, with its accompanying tower, will have an immeasurable impact in the life and form of the city. We are looking forward to working with our clients, TJPA, and Hines, as well as the citizens of San Francisco to make this a successful and exciting project."