Joint Venture Completes 45-Story Office Building for Facebook in San Francisco

by Alex Tostado

SAN FRANCISCO — A joint venture between The John Buck Co., Golub & Co. and MetLife has completed construction of Park Tower at Transbay, a 45-story, 803,700-square-foot office tower in San Francisco’s Transbay district. The building is situated at the corner of Howard and Beale streets, two miles east of downtown San Francisco and four blocks from San Francisco Bay.

Architect Goettsch Partners (GP) designed the 605-foot-tall building to include a covered, 3,600-square-foot outdoor plaza with a 35-foot ceiling at the base of the tower. A major focal point of this outdoor space is a site-specific art installation, titled “Night Writing” by Teresita Fernandez, which is integrated into the main wall of the tower’s core. Park Tower is certified LEED Gold.

In May 2018, Facebook signed a long-term lease to fully occupy the building upon completion.

“We’re pleased to welcome Facebook to Park Tower,” said Joel Redmon, San Francisco-based managing director for MetLife Investment Management’s real estate business, when the lease was announced. “We’ve worked hard to design an office of the future that will facilitate technological innovation and provide a great foundation for Facebook’s future success.”

In addition to the outdoor plaza, Park Tower offers a series of large outdoor terraces totaling 26,000 square feet for tenant amenity space.

“The terraces are a defining element of the project, both in terms of what they contribute to the interior functions and also to distinguish the building in the downtown context,” says James Goettsch, chairman and co-CEO at GP, as well as the design leader for the project. “They are specifically site-oriented throughout the tower to provide views of the bay and Salesforce Park, offering clear connections to the city.”

The tower’s façade is composed of floor-to-ceiling glass and is articulated with vertical glass fins that relate to the location of the tower terraces, which occur at a three-story module. The podium façade also has a series of single-floor fins to break down the scale at the pedestrian level.

— Alex Tostado

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