The low story buildings rising in the Mission Bay District are certainly not as exciting as the glassy high rises being erected in the Soma District. However, in one square mile area, one can see a lot of construction activity with many spires of steel, concrete and wood jutting from the ground. Dreamed up in 1998 as the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Project, the plan that is finally coming to fruition calls for a total of 6,000 housing units. The new low slung buildings will allow the sun to still shine in the district and protect southern san francisco views of the Bay, Bay Bridge and Downtown skyline. We toured the 6 most notable housing sites (totaling 1595 units) last week in an attempt to make sense of building locations and construction progress.
1180 4th Street – Mercy Housing
The wood skeleton on the Mercy Housing‘s property looks to be nearly completed as scaffolding and wrapping has been erected around the structure. Based on a recent site tour the building looks to be about 6 months from completion. The architect Daniel Solomon Design Partners has created an energy and acoustic friendly design with hopes of LEED Platinum certification. The most prominent portions of the building feature aquamarine colored glass windows flanked by a continuous set of shade friendly vertical slats. From the renderings we are not sold on the gill-like facade but will wait until building completion before casting our final aesthetic judgments. Upon completion, the low-rise structure will contain 150 affordable housing units and 11,000 sq. feet of commercial ground floor space.
1200 4th Street – MB 360
BRE Properties is creating a building campus on two blocks (5 and 11) that when completed will contain a total of 8 buildings. The buildings have been designed by the architect firm MVE & Partners and represent a mix use of both 360 apartments and 23,000 sq. feet of retail space. The wood and concrete structures are in different phases of development and are planned to be completed by October 2014.
1155 4th Street – Venue
The Venue looks to be on the verge of opening as the exterior facade seems almost completed with only the interior left to be finished. The utilitarian designed building will house 147 units and the builder SummerHill Homes is seeking LEED silver certification.
Mission Bay Block 1
Driving from downtown and over the concrete teeth of the Lefty O’Doul Bridge the first block of land on the right is an empty triangle shaped parking lot on the corners of Third and Channel. This land known as Block 1 is owned by the Strata Investment Group and will contain 350 residential units, 250 hotel rooms and 50,000 sq. feet of retail space. There will be a mid-rise tower of condos and a 5 story low-rise wood framed building that will consist of rental apartments.
4th Street & Channel Street – SOL
Commonly known as SOL, the resident building is showing progress as concrete pillars are rising from the 4th and Channel Street location. The concrete and steel structure owned by Equity Residential seems more robust and solid than the surrounding wood framed buildings. Upon completion, Nibbi Construction will finish a 273 unit building with the tallest point being 16 stories in height. HKS architect has designed a typical mission bay styled building consistent with the other neighboring structures.
Channel Mission Bay
With the help of Nibbi Construction, UDR is completing the construction of Channel Mission Bay located on Mission Bay Block 12. The architects, Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects and Ignition Architecture, have designed an esoteric yet solid looking structure built with reinforced concrete and deep foundations. The building contains 315 market-rate apartments, 8,000 sq. feet of retail space and is pursuing an LEED Gold status. As it is nearing completion UDR has many of the apartments already available for lease.
See the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Project for more information.