2014 is shaping up to be an especially busy year for construction in San Francisco, and SoMa will be the busiest 'hood of them all. Here now, a map of 31 of the most high profile projects either underway or expected to break ground this year. Highlights include a new train station, a new subway, a world-class museum, and two of the tallest towers in the city. Did one of your favorites get skipped? Drop us a message here or leave a comment after the jump.Read More
Mapping 31 Building Projects Changing the Face of SoMa
This glassy 27-story office tower located in SOMA is under construction and will eventually reach a height of 378 feet. The HOK-designed building is scheduled for completion by fall, 2014.
One Rincon Hill, Tower 2
The much delayed second tower of the One Rincon Hill development has reached its 50 story pinnacle, just shorter than its older brother next door. Glass facade installation is rising quickly and construction will be complete later this year.
This massive complex, totaling over 700 apartments, is already partially completed and occupied. The 37-story main tower is getting it's finishing touches and will be occupied later this spring when construction wraps up.
Patrick Kennedy's micro-unit apartment building will feature 160 units throughout 11 floors. 120 units would be designated as efficiency dwelling-units, and at least 80 units will be reserved for student housing. 3,359 sq. ft. of retail and 240 bicycle parking spaces will occupy the ground and basement. Demolition on the existing low-rise structure was recently completed and excavation has begun.
Now an official 30-story tower designed by Craig Hartman, this building is just a few floors above the ground currently, but will begin to rise rapidly in the coming year. The tower is completely pre-leased to Salesforce.com, with a total of 440,000 sq. ft.
This 26-story office tower, to be constructed in SOMA, will feature set-backs on the 5th and 17th floors, as well as 8,600 sq. ft. of open public space. Construction is well underway, with excavation completed and the basement levels currently being built.
This 700-foot tower will be located adjacent to the Transbay Transit Center, will feature a mix of office, retail and residential space throughout it's 54 floors, as well as a sky-bridge to the transit center itself. The site has been cleared and construction is now underway. Expect much of 2014 to be spent performing work below ground, with most of the height achieved net year.
This Rincon Hill tower spent nearly all of 2013 building what appeared to be the deepest basement in the city. It is now above ground and will reach a final height of around 400 feet, with 330 luxury units, near the end of 2014.
The "sister" project to the Infinity Towers across the street will feature 37- and 42-floor towers, along with 2 8-floor low-rise buildings. Designed by Arquitectonica, the 669 unit residential project is currently getting the subterranean levels, but will rise above ground later this year.
Approved nearly a year ago, this future 11-story hotel is expected to get going in 2014. The building will be one of only a handful of hotels currently planned for the entire city.
This 15-floor hotel will feature 174 mid-level rooms near Mint Plaza and the Moscone Center. The site, currently under construction, is best known for being the former home of the Kink.com porn studios. Current progress puts the hotel around floor 5-6, and should be topped out in the coming months.
Phases one and two are now complete and occupied, while phase three is just getting underway. When all is complete the project will feature at least 4 towers, ranging in height from 18-26 floors, and 1,900 units.
Currently in competition with LA's future Wilshire Grand to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the 61-story, 1,070 foot-tall Transbay Tower officially broke ground on March 27th, but only recently started making significant progress. This tower will be office space over ground floor retail, and be directly connected to the Transbay Transit Center, currently under construction.
Transbay Transit Center
Dubbed the "Grand Central of the west" by its supporters, the future bus and rail depot is the catalyst behind much of the progress being made in the area. Completion of the terminal and bus connections is expected in 2016, with rail connections TBD.
This 32-story residential tower, compete with townhouses and podium, broke ground late last year. When finished it will provide 409 apartments to the Transbay area along with ground floor retail.
Demolition permits for the existing low-rise buildings have been issued to clear the site for this future 400-foot residential tower. Located in the blossoming Rincon Hill area, the building will create an additional 348 units, 269 parking spaces, and a lot of shiny glass.
With its new rendering resembling an updated factory, this 12-story residential building will feature 121 housing units, ground-floor retail and underground parking. Foundation and excavation work is currently underway.
At 15 floors at the highest point this tower will contain 190 Below-Market-Rate units to satisfy requirements for the Lumina development. Early stage construction is currently underway at a very crowded 10th and Mission intersection.
Transbay Block 9
One of many 400-foot towers currently or expected to be built in the coming years, this glass-and-garden beauty by SOM is anticipated to get started this year. Along with the tower will be an 85-foot podium building, totaling 563 housing units near the corner of 1st and Folsom streets.
South of Market Skatepark and Dog Park
While very nearly in the Mission, this dog and skate park in Western SoMa is now under construction. When completed expect 17,000 feet of skating area and 10,000 feet of doggy play space.
The 400 foot tower and podium, by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, planned to rise at the corner of Fremont and Harrison will contain 452 units, 238 parking spaces and 150 bike spaces.
Mexican Museum Tower
This planned 480-foot, 47-story tower has been nothing short of controversial. Appeals, lawsuits and angry neighbors galore have slowed this project to a near halt. The project is still projected to break ground later this year, but will we see a shortened version that appeals to NIMBY sensibilities?
At a mind-boggling $610, this 10-story Snøhetta-designed expansion and remodel will transform the SFMOMA into a world-class modern art museum with nearly 500,000 sq. ft. of gallery space. Construction has been underway for about 6 months, and the museum is expected to reopen in late 2015.
While not confined to SoMa exclusively, the new Central Subway will bring two new stations to the area on 4th Street, one near the Caltrain station and the other near Moscone Center. Much like the Transbay Transit Center, the new subway has become a catalyst for development in the increasingly dense central SoMa area.
This 17-floor apartment tower, by developer Avalon Bay, is now leasing and will open for occupancy this spring. The glass-enveloped structure will add 260 units to the already busy Mid-Market area.
Strand Theater Renovation
Renovations have begun on the shuttered, historic theater in the Mid-Market area. When completed the building will house a 300-seat flexible hall for both formal and informal performances by new owners ACT.
Market Street Place
Demolition of the old ST. Francis Theater was completed last summer, yet this new shopping mecca has yet to start construction. When it is finally completed expect a 225,000 sq. ft. glass mall that will help extend the Union Square-area shopping center a little further down Market Street.
This new office development near South Park has drawn so much interest the developers plan to have the entire building pre-leased before the first piece of glass is installed. Construction recently broke ground and is expected to take around 18 months to complete.
St. Joseph's Church
Conversion plans for the 100 year-old church and into office and retail space is moving along slowly, with permits issued and then revised. Renovations are expected to begin sometime this year.
Plans to demo the existing Hugo Hotel (and its defenestration art exhibit) have been approved by the city. In its place will rise a 9-story affordable housing structure with 67 family-sized units.
Dubbed "modern communal living" by its developers, a 3-building shared housing facility is headed for Western SoMa. 235 "suites" would be divided into 9 "houses" with each featuring a common kitchen, dining and living areas. An abundance of outdoor space would also be available to residents.