Kilroy Realty has announced that tech giant Salesforce.com will lease 160,000 square feet of space in its proposed SOM-designed 350 Mission tower, located at 1st and Mission in San Francisco’s south Financial District. With the signing of this anchor tenant, the developer is set to begin construction on the first new office tower in the city since the onset of the 2008 recession.
The announcement follows Salesforce’s decision last February to cancel its colorful Ricardo Legoretta-designed headquarters in Mission Bay. At the time, Saleforce offered scant reason for the cancellation other than stating that a new building would not fit the company’s expansion timetable.
Located on a prominent corner diagonally across from the Cesar Pelli-designed Transbay Terminal, which is currently under construction, 350 Mission features 27 stories of office space. The building’s ground floor is faced with a fully operable floor-to-ceiling glass wall capable of opening the lobby to the street. In a nod to SOM’s 101 Second Street tower, the lobby of 350 is billed as an “interactive” space and will contain stadium step seating and changing digital graphics.
“It’s a wonderful match and I am so pleased that they are enthusiastically embracing the building’s core concept of a new form of highly porous, urban engagement,” noted SOM principal Craig Hartman. “The result will be a landmark in San Francisco.”
Kilroy plans to seek LEED Platinum certification of the building and has expressed its intention to construct a fully carbon-neutral facility.