[maxgallery name=”101-polk-street-construction”]A myriad of deep trenches, used for building foundations and subterranean parking, have pitted the city’s urban landscape since start of the current residential and office development boom. One of these holes currently resides at 101 Polk Street, where owner Emerald Fund is developing a 162 unit apartment complex with a 51 vehicle underground garage. A recent onsite tour showed crews assembling an onsite crane and fashioning a web of reinforced steel at the bottom of the 18 foot trench. Judging by current progress, a foundation mat pour seems imminent with construction of the superstructure to follow.
The site is located in the city’s Civic Center, a district filled with many historical buildings incorporating designs from Beaux-Arts architecture. By borrowing elements of this classical style into 101 Polk Street, architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz sought to create a building that blends into nearby structures and celebrates historical roots of the district. Architectural renderings do show hints of Beaux-Arts style, but overall these elements are not visually prominent and are overshadowed by large modern glass windows and a flat ornament free facade. The design is somewhat misdirected but generally is reserved, relatively clean, and should mix with adjacent structures.
The 101 Polk Street complex, along with recently opened Nema and upcoming 100 Van Ness, is anticipated to increase density, foot traffic, and overall aid in reinvigorating the Civic Center district. Contractor Build Group is expected to finish construction of the building by early 2016.