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New PUC Not To Be

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Remember that hot new glassy Public Utilities Commission building proposed a while back? The one that planned to earn Platinum LEED certification and include embedded solar panels and "solar green houses" on each floor? The building that would reinforce the city's green design strategy to lead by LEED example? Yeah, well, scratch all of that. Though construction was scheduled to begin this year, the city has placed the project on hold due to rising costs. Apparently solar green houses on every floor don't come cheap, and those embedded panels don't work as well as expected due to shadows and weight issues. At least we have the Federal Building.
· SFPUC plan for green building held up by cost [Examiner]
· Rebuilt: SF Public Utilities Commission H.Q. [Curbed SF]