American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

TOUR: SmartSpace SOMA (2 SDs)

SmartSpace SOMA, 38 Harriet, San Francisco CA 94103

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See how Panoramic Interests, an award-winning Berkeley developer, with ZETA Communities, Pankow Builders, Trachtenberg Architects (façade) and Lowney Architecture, built SMARTSPACE® SoMa, a 23 unit apartment building on a 3,750 square foot lot in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. This car-free urban infill housing project has a walk score of 95/100, and features ample bike parking and a City CarShare pod on-site. It is the first 4-story, urban infill, LEED Platinum (targeted), factory built multi-family housing project. The building, constructed in 16 modules in ZETA’s Sacramento factory, was delivered and installed on the site in only 4 days at the end of August 2012. The project will open in November 2012.


Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests – Principal
Patrick Kennedy launched Panoramic Interests in 1990 and since then, the firm has completed 13 mixed-use, infill projects in and around downtown Berkeley, CA – adding more than 500 new units of housing and 100,000 square feet of commercial space. The Berkeleyan Apartments, a mixed-use project built in 1998, was the first new rental housing project by a private developer in downtown Berkeley since World War II. The firm embraces new ideas and technologies. Panoramic installed the first independently accessed, stacked, parking lifts in a commercial development in the U.S. (1995). It was also the first developer to incorporate on-premises City CarShare in its buildings (2001). All of its rental projects had rooftop gardens, energy-efficient designs, and ground floor retail space reserved for local businesses.

Panoramic has spent the last four years developing a design for stylish and efficient housing for students and workers called SMARTSPACE®. Its research included construction of a full-scale working prototype in a Berkeley warehouse, which an MITgrad student lived in for two weeks and analyzed for her thesis. The 38 Harriet St. project design had evolved from the original prototype, and will be the first completed SMARTSPACE® project.

Craig Horton, SoMa Smartspace – Sr. Project Manager
Craig Horton is a currently Sr. Project Manager for SoMa Smartspace, handling design, budgeting, cost estimating, scheduling, subcontractor administration and field personnel supervision responsibilities. Horton is a 8 year Pankow veteran and brings 32 years of Construction Experience to this project.

Cara Houser, Panoramic Interests – Director of Development
Cara Houser joined Panoramic Interests in 2002. As General Manager of the Panoramic Management portfolio of mixed-use properties in Berkeley, she directed all operations and asset management activities, with annual revenues of $9 MM. Until 2007, Panoramic was the largest private landlord of UC Berkeley students. It also provided more affordable housing in its 7 mixed-use projects than the Berkeley Housing Authority. (In 2007, it sold its residential portfolio to Equity Residential, in the largest real estate transaction in Berkeley's history.) Cara now oversees all aspects of new development for Panoramic Interests. Two SMARTSPACE® projects are currently underway in San Francisco, which have a combined development budget of $50 MM.

Wally Naylor, Pankow Builders – Group Manager, Special Projects Division
Pankow is a construction services firm nationally recognized for its innovative construction methods and leadership in integrated project delivery. Founded in 1963, Pankow has offices in Honolulu, Pasadena, and the Bay Area. Northern California projects include the $164 million San Francisco Public Safety Building project and preconstruction efforts for the San Francisco Veteran’s War Memorial Building, and California Pacific Medical Center’s Van Ness Medical Office Building and Parking Structure.

Wally Naylor joined Pankow in 1992 and has been in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He is an expert in tenant improvement projects and is one of a handful of practitioners specializing in design-build for complex building renovations and energy upgrades. This experience allows Wally to keep the client’s goals and needs in focus as teams seek out solutions. As a frequent speaker and educator to industry groups, his topics include trends affecting the tenant improvement marketplace, alternative delivery models and green building. In his role as Principal in Charge for the SMARTSPACE® SoMa project, Wally provides executive oversight and marshals resources for the benefit of the project.

Taeko Takagi, ZETA Communities – Director of Product Development
Taeko Takagi has been a designer and product developer for nearly 20 years and has specialty experience in real estate development, construction document preparation, and project management. Her extensive knowledge of a wide range of architecture practice has led her to specialize in sustainable housing, including affordable, mixed –use, senior, urban infill and custom homes. After working with the award winning architecture firm, David Baker + Partners Architects she founded 49Mile Design and Development in 2005 to lead a firm specializing in sustainable architecture and real estate development. 49 Mile created the first LEED Gold certified homes in downtown Sacramento, CA in its first year.

Ken Lowney, Lowney Architecture – CEO and Design Director
Ken Lowney founded award-winning Lowney Architecture in Oakland, CA in 2003 and is the CEO and Design Director of the firm. His practice focuses on the entitlement phase of projects, particularly site utilization studies, building design, and public hearings and presentations. He has worked with large and small corporations, city governments, communities and private developers. Areas of design expertise include grocery stores, restaurants, retail, offices, multifamily housing, parking structures, bridges, and urban design. Lowney Architecture is consistently ranked by the San Francisco Business Times as a top firm in the East Bay. Ken has over twenty years of architectural experience. He has a degree in Philosophy from Occidental College, studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London (AA) and received his Master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Tony Valadez, Lowney Architecture – Architect
Tony Valadez is an architect with 12 years of experience managing small to mid-scale projects in a variety of market sectors including retail, mixed-use, residential and office developments. He leads multi-disciplinary teams of designers and engineers and represents porjects at community meetings. He has recently focused his efforts on the design, fabrication, and delivery of prefabricated architecture, including SMARTSPACE SoMa.

Rendering credit: Trachtenberg Architects