[maxgallery name=”250-howard-street-gallery-1″]Urban transformation is well underway on the northeast streets of San Francisco’s South of Market District. An emerald city of glassy blue-green towers is crystallizing in SoMa’s sub-neighborhood Rincon Hill and inviting the question as to which nearby road will be repaved in yellow bricks. A shy north of Rincon Hill, the immense steel Transbay Terminal superstructure, eye candy for those into engineering porn, is expanding east, engulfing streets as it advances, and promising to become the city’s “Grand Central Station of the West”. Abutting the future terminal, two mega towers, identified as the Salesforce Tower and 181 Fremont, are charging towards the sky, leading the city skyline to new heights. Amid all this development pandemonium, another site designated as 250 Howard Street, has started incubating its own shiny new office tower slated to rise a skyline impacting 605 feet.
Named “Park Tower”, 250 Howard will soon become a 45 story high-rise featuring 14 “sky” parks and 18,537 sq. feet ground level public open space. In addition to the parks, 43 of the 45 stories will hold 766,745 sq. feet of office space and the remaining two highest floors are reserved for roof mechanicals. A two level underground basement will provide room for 120 cars while the ground floor will contain a 35 foot lobby and space for 8,642 square feet of retail. Floor plate sizes will vary in the tapering building, from a roomy 27,694 sq. feet of office space on the lowest floors to roughly 13,200 on the highest levels. Metlife owns a majority stake in the property with real estate firms The John Buck Company and Golub Real Estate having a minority interest.
Elegance would not describe the angular lines, wedge shapes, and jutting terraces that dominate the building’s form. It’s a design that stresses function over form, giving tenants access to large floor plates, bay views, and multiple outdoor spaces. A committee of architects is overseeing the project which includes Goettsch Partners, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and Steves and Associates.
The development cycle for the project will last nearly 2 and a half years with contractor Clark Construction planning to finish in mid 2018.[maxgallery name=”250-howard-street-gallery-2″]