San Francisco Facts

Population 825,111 (2013)
Area 232 km² • 90 mi²
150m+ Buildings 21 Completed5 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings None • 1 Under Constr.
Tallest Building Transamerica Pyramid Center (260 m)
Global Ranking #41 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #7 in North America by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Country Ranking #6 in USA by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building 44 Montgomery (1967)
Average Building Age 35 years
Most Common Function Office, 65%
Most Common Material Steel, 83%

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings.

Buildings See All Buildings in City

1   Salesforce Tower 2018 326 m
2   Oceanwide Center Tower 1 2021 277 m
3   Transamerica Pyramid Center 1972 260 m
4   181 Fremont 2017 244 m
5   555 California Street 1969 237 m
6   345 California Center 1986 212 m
7   Millennium Tower 2009 197 m
8   Oceanwide Center Tower 2 2021 191 m
9   Park Tower at Transbay 2018 185 m
10   One Rincon Hill South Tower 2008 184 m
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Transbay Parcel F - 246 m
2   400 Folsom - 168 m
3   Transbay Center Residential Tower - 168 m
4   706 Mission 2018 156 m
5   5M Development - N1 Tower - 143 m
6   One Oak - 136 m
7   5M Development - H1 Tower - 133 m
8   1481 Post Street - 127 m
9   555 Howard - 127 m
10   160 Folsom Street - 122 m
1   Salesforce Tower 2018 326 m
2   Oceanwide Center Tower 1 2021 277 m
3   Transamerica Pyramid Center 1972 260 m
4   Transbay Parcel F - 246 m
5   181 Fremont 2017 244 m
6   555 California Street 1969 237 m
7   345 California Center 1986 212 m
8   Millennium Tower 2009 197 m
9   Oceanwide Center Tower 2 2021 191 m
10   Park Tower at Transbay 2018 185 m
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Under Constr.   Proposed

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CTBUH Initiatives

Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016 – CTBUH News

San Francisco Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015 – Tour Report

A Tale of Two Towers
3 Jun 2014 – Event Invite

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Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's top stories of 2016 for each month and take a look ahead with the Council’s monthly predictions for 2017.
San Francisco Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, San Francisco – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured San Francisco and its architectural marvels, from new construction to old historic buildings.
CTBUH San Francisco Hosts Capacity Crowd for Transbay Discussion
3 Jun 2014, San Francisco – Event Report
A panel discussion featuring the two tallest buildings in San Francisco, Salesforce Tower and 181 Fremont Street, was attended by approximately 125 people.
CTBUH S.F. Holds Panel On Livability/Walkability in Urban Design
24 Oct 2013, San Francisco – Event Report
A panel comprised of experts from the public and private sectors lead a discussion on issues within the changing landscape of living and working in San Francisco.
S.F. Dir. of Planning Moderates Panel Discussion on Densification
14 May 2013, San Francisco – Event Report
More than 100 guests attended a panel discussion focusing on densification, specifically the challenges affecting San Francisco, the second densest city in the US.

Global News

Transbay Block 6 Breaks Ground
19 Dec 2013 – Ground has been broken for a 32-story tower and…

Construction at 181 Fremont Begins
21 Nov 2013 – Ground was officially broken on 181 Fremont St., a…

Golub Obtains Funding For Latest Tower
28 Oct 2013 – After securing financing form Multi-Employer…

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Transbay Block 6 Breaks Ground
19 Dec 2013
Ground has been broken for a 32-story tower and accompanying townhome development on Block 6 of the Transbay site on Folsom Street in San Francisco. The tower will house…
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Construction at 181 Fremont Begins
21 Nov 2013
Ground was officially broken on 181 Fremont St., a 54-story, 684,000-square foot (63,546 square-meter) residential and office tower near the Transbay Transit Center in…
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Golub Obtains Funding For Latest Tower
28 Oct 2013
After securing financing form Multi-Employer Property Trust, Chicago-based Golub & Co. has announced it will soon begin construction on its $200 million, 32-story 299…
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Coit Tower to Close for Renovations
18 Oct 2013
Coit Tower, the San Francisco landmark that's been a fixture of the city's skyline for 80 years, is going to close its doors for several months, undergoing $1.1 million…
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Demolition to Clear the Way for 181 Fremont
30 Aug 2013
Demolition work has begun on two buildings at 181 Fremont St. in San Francisco, making space for the tower that will replace the pair. Developer Jay Paul Co. plans to…
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Transbay Façade Transformed from Glass to Aluminum
3 Apr 2013
Pelli Clarke Pelli, architects of San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, has updated the design of the podium façade. Instead of a transparent, sinuous glass façade,…
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San Francisco Welcomes Future Tallest
28 Mar 2013
Yesterday, San Francisco celebrated the groundbreaking of the Transbay Transit Tower. The 1,070-foot tower at First and Mission, which, if completed tomorrow, would be…
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Boston Properties Takes Transbay Terminal
21 Mar 2013
Boston Properties has replaced Hines as the main developer of Transbay Tower, slated to be San Francisco’s tallest building. Hines reduced its ownership interest in the…

Videos

Innovations in Building Performance and Resiliency: Pin-Fuse Seismic Systems
3 Nov 2016 – Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Rupa Garai, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The Largest Megacity in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta
17 Oct 2016 – Peter Kindel, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Urban Open Space - A Tower in the Park and a Park in the Tower
26 Oct 2015 – James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners

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Innovations in Building Performance and Resiliency: Pin-Fuse Seismic Systems
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Rupa Garai, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Throughout history, it has been proven time and again that the simplest innovations can often offer the greatest and widest ranging impact. This is certainly the case of…
The Largest Megacity in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Peter Kindel, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
With the world’s urban population expected to increase by roughly 2.5 billion people by 2050, developing an understanding of megalopolises is critical to understanding…
Urban Open Space - A Tower in the Park and a Park in the Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
In urban centers dominated by tall buildings, access to outdoor space is important. We will explain how two urban office building developments provide valuable outdoor…
Life Cycle Analysis: Are We There Yet?
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Donald Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
To help advance Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for building systems, this presentation reviews the history and state of LCA practice in the U.S. from a structural engineering…
Embodied Carbon in Our Future Cities
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Innovative planning for cities of the future is essential. Cities are the solution to responsible habitation as issues of the environment gain increasing importance. Even…
San Francisco: Promoting Tall Buildings Through Sustainable Incentives
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Jeffrey Heller, Clark Manus & Craig Nikitas, Heller Manus
Jeffrey Heller & Clark Manus, of Heller Manus, talked about San Francisco as an interesting and prototypical example of what is and will be happening to important second…

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Research Papers

The Largest Megalopolis in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

The Inevitability of Global Adaptation: Eastern and Western Developers Practicing Internationally
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront

Urban Open Space - A Tower in the Park and a Park in the Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City

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The Largest Megalopolis in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta
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With the world’s urban population expected to increase by roughly 2.5 billion people by 2050, developing an understanding of megalopolises is critical to understanding…
The Inevitability of Global Adaptation: Eastern and Western Developers Practicing Internationally
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Samuel Luckino & Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
For architecture and engineering firms serving development clients who build large-scale urban projects in various corners of the world, the effort is often facilitated…
Urban Open Space - A Tower in the Park and a Park in the Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
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Sustaining a Historic High-Rise Structure
Feb 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Nina A. Mahjoub, Megan Stringer & Bill Tremayne, Holmes Culley
One of the tallest seismic retrofits in North America was undertaken in the heart of San Francisco. The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company headquarters was an…
A LEED Platinum Global Model for Vertical Urbanism
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Jeffrey Heller, Heller Manus Architects
Every key aspect of sustainable urbanism is incorporated and integrated into the tallest mixed use, LEED Platinum tower on the west coast of North America, 181 Fremont.…
Sustainability with a View
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Susanna See, WSP
All truly great outcomes are the result of collaboration. In a building’s life cycle, collaboration between designers, owners, builders and users can result in improved…
Evolving Technology for Design and Construction of Tall Concrete Structures
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Hanns U. Baumann, Baumann Research and Development
With the placement of over 2000 metric tons of single piece Welded Reinforcement Grid confinement reinforcement in a sixty-story building in San Francisco, California USA…
San Francisco: Promoting Tall Buildings Through Sustainable Incentives
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Jeffrey Heller, Clark Manus & Craig Nikitas, Heller Manus Architects
The past decades have shown some major changes in our urban settlements. The globalization of our societies and economies has brought change to cities. This inevitable…
The South of Market Area (SOMA) San Francisco: From Dross to Gloss
Feb 2001 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2000; Carol C. Georges, International Architectural Consultant
A large area of downtown San Francisco adjacent to the Financial District, usually called SOMA (the South of Market Area) is undergoing a transformation that appears to…

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