(Photo via Foster + Partners)

(Photo via Foster + Partners)

Ground broken for second tallest structure in San Francisco

The construction of the second tallest building in San Francisco broke ground this morning near the site of what will be the Transbay Transit Center, a coming regional transit hub.

Officials turned the first shovels at 10 a.m. at First and Mission streets for the two-tower Oceanside Center, which was designed by Foster + Partners and San Francisco-based Heller Manus Architects.

The tower facing First Street will be the second highest structure in the city. The tower facing Mission Street will be the home of the city’s first Waldorf Astoria hotel.

“Today is a very exciting day for both our company and the city of San Francisco,” Oceanwide Center CEO Chen Wu said in a statement. “We look forward to giving the city a project that will be a source of pride for all San Franciscans.”

The center will be a mix of offices, condominiums and the hotel. It will also incorporate two historic buildings at 78 and 88 First Street, both of which will offer office and retail space.

The First Street tower will be 910 feet and 61 stories high. It will include 109 luxury homes from the 41st to 61st floors and about 1 million square feet of office space from the seventh to 40th floors.

The Mission Street tower will be 625 feet and 54 stories tall and home to 156 luxury homes, the Waldorf Astoria, a spa, bar and restaurant.

The condominiums in the First Street tower will be the highest in San Francisco.

The architects have planned for 26,000 square feet of public space, the pinnacle of which will be a public square or urban plaza adjacent to First Street.

Swinerton and Webcor are the builders. Swinerton is known for the construction of the San Francisco Opera House and the Fairmont Hotel.

Mayor Edwin Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim and others attended the groundbreaking.constructiondevelopmentoceanside center

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco Police Officer Nicholas Buckley, pictured here in 2014, is now working out of Bayview Station. <ins>(Department of Police Accountability records)</ins>
SF police return officer to patrol despite false testimony

A San Francisco police officer accused of fabricating a reason for arresting… Continue reading

Riordan Crusaders versus St. Ignatius Wildcats at JB Murphy Field on the St. Ignatius Prepatory High School Campus on September 14, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
State allows high school sports to resume, but fight is far from over

For the first time since mid-March 2020, there is hope for high… Continue reading

A nurse draws up a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Mission neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine site on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF expands vaccine eligiblity, but appointments ‘limited’

San Francisco expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday but appointments remain limited… Continue reading

The now-shuttered Cliff House restaurant overlooks Ocean Beach people at Ocean Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
History buffs working to keep Cliff House collection in public view

Funds needed to buy up historic building’s contents at auction

Andra Day sounds great in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”<ins></ins>
Singing soars in uneven ‘United States vs. Billie Holiday’

‘Test Pattern’ takes on timely issues, from racism to women’s health

Most Read