The building at 50 UN Plaza -- currently unoccupied -- was slated to get a upgrade, courtesy of the stimulus bill. But the General Services Administration elicited gasps when it picked a British company to do the work. British! The very idea! As if that country has ever produced any architectural work of note.
At the time, the GSA pointed out that Foster + Partners was the most qualified. But political expediency seems to have won out, because now they've switched gears and are in talks with a local firm. Architectural Resources Group might not have been their first choice, but at least they don't have funny accents.
· Buy American? [The Architect's Paper]
· S.F.’s vacant federal building gets $121M from stimulus for upgrade/ [SF Business Journal]
· UN Plaza to be Touched by Foreigners [Curbed SF]
· Loin-stimulus: $121 Million Upgrade for 50 UN Plaza [Livin in the Loin]
· Feds halt Forest City plan for 50 U.N. Plaza [SF Business Times]
· Fingers Crossed: Fed Building Shall Revitalize UN Plaza [Curbed SF]