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The Opening of San Francisco’s New Transit Center and Park is Here

Having won the city’s design competition back in 2007, broken ground in 2010 and been renamed by way of a 25-year licensing deal last year, San Francisco’s new (Transbay) Salesforce Transit Center officially opens this weekend with a block party from noon to 4PM on Saturday, August 11.

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and wrapped in a perforated aluminum skin, the $2.2 billion building is topped with a 5.4-acre, 2.5-block-long rooftop park.

Connected to a half-acre Mission Plaza at the base of the new Transbay/Salesforce Tower by a gondola, the rooftop park has been landscaped with more than 600 trees and 16,000 plants, with a large lawn/amphitheater, a children’s playground and a future restaurant space.

Below, the Center’s Grand Hall is skylit from above, with terrazzo floor elements designed by Julie Chang and a scrolling LED installation by Jenny Holzer. And as we first reported last month, the first four (4) leases for the center’s thirty-five (35) potential retail/restaurant/commercial spaces have been inked (but yet to be built out).

And while the below grade trainbox for the second phase of the project, the downtown extension of rail for Caltrain and High Speed Rail from Fourth and Townsend, has been constructed, the extension remains unfunded and rail service to the new center isn’t likely to be operational until 2030, at the earliest, as we also first reported earlier this year.

Regardless, congratulations to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on a major milestone and addition to the city. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

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