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CTBUH San Francisco Hosts Capacity Crowd for Transbay District Discussion
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June 3, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO – CTBUH San Francisco held a panel discussion featuring the two tallest buildings in San Francisco (currently under construction). Approximately 125 people packed the house at the home of SPUR (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association). The projects; 415 Mission Street, a.k.a. Salesforce Tower, at 326 meters’ height, and 181 Fremont Street, at 244 meters, were represented by their developers, Hines and Jay Paul, respectively. Architect Jeffrey Heller of Heller Manus Architects also joined the panel as the Architect of 181 Freemont. All three of these buildings are being constructed in San Francisco’s rapidly growing South of Market Area (SOMA).

Moderated by John Rahaim, San Francisco’s Director of Planning, the projects play an integral part in the development of the new Transbay District within SOMA, with all of these prominent towers connecting to Transbay Terminal. The under-construction "Grand Central Terminal of the West” is an intermodal station housing high-speed rail, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), and bus lanes. The five-story station will connect various modes throughout the Bay Area with Silicon Valley, and points south all the way to Los Angeles.

Salesforce Tower & 181 Fremont in Transbay District
The towers have direct access to the 5.4-acre ( 0.4-hectare) City Park the station. From the structural design, to the sustainability, to the attraction of the burgeoning tech sector tenants of the Bay Area, these towers were well represented in all respects, and an engaged audience was treated to a great dialogue between the panelists and the attendees.
(L to R) Jeffrey Heller, Heller Manus Architects; Matt Lituchy, Jay Paul; Paul Paradis, Hines; Peter Weingarten, Gensler; John Rahaim, San Francisco Planning Department; Jim Quiter, Arup

This event was organized by the CTBUH San Francisco committee, James Quiter of Arup, Mark Sarkisian of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Peter Weingarten of Gensler.

125 people packed in the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association for the presentation.
Name Company
Organizers: Robert Henderson ARUP
Jim Quiter ARUP
Peter Weingarten Gensler
Mark Sarkisian SOM
Carl Shannon Tishman Speyer
Kavinder Singh Turner Construction
Attendees: Ibbi Almufti ARUP
Raj Daswani ARUP
John Eddy ARUP
Robert Henderson ARUP
Jan-Peter Koppitz ARUP
Jason Krolicki ARUP
Susannah Rivera ARUP
Brandon Sullivan ARUP
Michael Willford ARUP
Becky Zegar ARUP
David Wilson Clark Construction
Mike Sample Cornish & Carey
Adam Tartakovsky Crescent Heights
Mahmoud Hachem Degenklob Engineers
Danielle Benz Gensler
Joshua Bridie Gensler
Robert Edgar Gensler
Sean Gallivan Gensler
Sean Gallivan Gensler
Krystal Grubb Gensler
Ross Guntert Gensler
Tom Horton Gensler
Philip Kaefer Gensler
Hao Ko Gensler
Meehae Kwon Gensler
Young Lee Gensler
Christine Lehto Gensler
Mark McMinn Gensler
Kyle Miller Gensler
Ben Parco Gensler
Kenneth Poole Gensler
Keeneth Poole Gensler
Luke Sheridan Gensler
Robert Shurell Gensler
Chad Spurlin Gensler
Gervais Tompkin Gensler
Benedict Tranel Gensler
Brent Van Gunten Gensler
Steve Weindel Gensler
Doug Wittnebel Gensler
Sarah Young Gensler
Jin Zhao Gensler
Clark Bisel Green Design Advisors
Ed Conlon Hathaway Dinwiddie
Lindsay Corotis Hathaway Dinwiddie
KJ Kroeth Hathaway Dinwiddie
Garry O'Reilly Hathaway Dinwiddie
Ryan Park Hathaway Dinwiddie
John Rottman Hathaway Dinwiddie
Aaron Schlegel Hathaway Dinwiddie
Gordon Smith Hathaway Dinwiddie
Brian Katz Hinman
Vladimir Calugaru InfraTerra, Inc.
David Kaneda Integral Group
Jamie Steinman Jacobs
Chiawang Yeh Louie Inlt.
Veronica Crothers Maffei Structural Engineering
Joe Maffei Maffei Structural Engineering
Kevin Cullen Olson & Co. Steel
Dylan Steel Olson Steel
Luca Giaramidaro Perkins+Will
Maia Small Planning Department
Chris Townes Planning Department
Doug Vu Planning Department
Glenn Bauer RMW Architecture
John King SF Chronicle
Faten Abdullah SOM
Enrique Acosta SOM
Flora Bao SOM
Olivier Brouard SOM
Olivier Brouard SOM
Emanuele Candiani SOM
David Diamon SOM
Abel Diaz SOM
Michelle Dumont SOM
Manson Fung SOM
Nicholas Gerstner SOM
Mohammad Hamdia SOM
Lindsay Hu SOM
Mark Igou SOM
Aurgho Jyoti SOM
Andrew Krebs SOM
Lucy Ling SOM
Sarah Moran SOM
Keiko Muramaya SOM
Alexander Prusakov SOM
Jessica Said SOM
Stefano Sala SOM
Mark Sarkisian SOM
Jenifer Shields SOM
Wendy Sitler SOM
Rae Smith SOM
Anna Smorodinsky SOM
Jeffrey Stafford SOM
Wouter Van der Linde SOM
Xiling Weng SOM
Gregory Deierlein Stanford University
Marvin Peper Swinerton
Julian Marsh Tishman Speyer
Michael Covarrubias TMG Partners
Sean Donnelly TMG Partners
Matt Field TMG Partners
Mauricio Davila Turner Construction
John deRuiter Turner Construction
Robert Diaz Turner Construction
Nathan English Turner Construction
Nicole Franklin Turner Construction
Hayden Hicks Turner Construction
Tony Keyser Turner Construction
Tony Keyser Turner Construction
Bob Murelli Turner Construction
Daniel O'Shea Turner Construction
Lauri Spitler Turner Construction
Maria De Alva Unknown
Jenni Tipler Unknown
Margaret Austin Webcor
Brad Denney Webcor
Shelley Doran Webcor
Jes Pedersen Webcor
Tom Soohoo Webcor
Peter Sosnowski Webcor
Tom Taylor Webcor
John Brittton Woods Bagot
Patrick Daly Woods Bagot
Elizabeth Hoehnke Woods Bagot
Christiana Kyrillou Woods Bagot
Maulana Murdan Woods Bagot
Michael TenBrink WSP