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Floor-to-ceiling glass panels, accented with glass and metal fins … this is 555 Mission Street.  The base of the building will have a public plaza with a so called "garden of light"– an organic, living space with fiber-optic light wands.  The 33-floor building is will be state-of-the-art and with all those windows, it’ll need to filter the natural light without burning up the interior in the summer.  Slated for completion in the third quarter of 2008, the building will have dual-panel, insulated glazing windows with low-e coating.  In total, 555 Mission Street will have approximately 550,000 rentable square feet and what seems to be incredible views of the city and the bay — I really like this first image below.  Word is, the building will be LEED certified, although I haven’t been able to verify that or the level of planned certification.  See updates below. 


Turner Construction Company’s 555 Mission Project to be First Class A Office Building in San Francisco in Past Four Years — Exceptional design and green building elements highlight project.

The 555 Mission Street building, which is currently being built by Turner Construction Company in downtown San Francisco , will be the first Class A office building to be built in the city in the past four years.  With a façade made completely of floor-to-ceiling glass, it’s expected to become one of the city’s signature towers when completed in September 2008.  The 670,000-square-foot-glass-curtain building will seek LEED certification, a designation issued by the Green Building Council.

The original plans were not predicated upon seeking LEED certification. However, seven months after the October 2006 groundbreaking on the project, the developer, Tishman Speyer, modified its plans and decided to incorporate a number of green techniques and standards.  The green elements are focused on enhancing energy efficiency and minimizing the project’s overall impact on the environment.

Once the commitment had been made to build a green structure, Turner and the consultant team re-evaluated and revised all major material specifications in order to meet LEED requirements.  “Adding green elements to the building did not affect the construction schedule and amounted to less than a one percent increase to the project’s value.  The project is on schedule and within budget,” says Dave Steffens, Turner’s Project Executive.

Building Features:
The building will be within easy walking distance of restaurants, hotels, and the Union Square shopping area.  It is adjacent to the Transbay Terminal, which is a hub to many of the areas transit lines. Building features include:

  • 670,000 square feet, 33-story office tower, with 2 levels of underground parking totaling approximately 550,000 rentable square feet
  • 458-feet tall
  • 34,000 square foot site development
  • 3,400 square feet of retail space on the ground floor
  • 25-foot high by 140-feet long cable net supported wall enclosing the lobby
  • Glass curtain wall exterior with glass and metal fins fixed into the vertical mullions
  • 11,000 square foot plaza at street level with a Jonathan Borofsky sculpture.

Green Elements:
The 555 Mission Street building’s green elements include:

  • A recycled water distribution system is in place for purposes such as landscape irrigation, once the City completes the recycled water system.
  • Reflective roof to reflect light and heat.
  • Recycling goal of diverting 80% of waste that’s generated during building process to recycling or take-back centers. Example: concrete goes back to concrete plant and used as aggregate, wood is chipped and used as ground cover, steel and metal are sent to recycling centers. 
  • Goal of 20% of recycled content in products used in construction such as wood, concrete, steel, nails, studs, ceramic tile, wood paneling, finishes, etc.
  • Water efficient landscaping.

Much thanks to the Turner Construction communications team for providing the above specifics!






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