AIASF Building Tour: Park Tower at Transbay (2.0 LUs)

General: $25 | AIASF: $15 


3:30 PM: Check-in
4:00 PM: Opening remarks/presentation

4:30 PM: Q+A

4:45 PM: Start tour

6:00 PM: End

Located at the corner of Howard and Beale streets in the Transbay district of San Francisco, the new Park Tower office building sits across the street from the new Transbay Transit Center and just three blocks from San Francisco Bay. The 45-story tower is designed with three massings that offer a variety of floor plates. Within these distinct massings, the design carves out a series of large outdoor terraces that provide substantial outdoor amenity space for tenants — mini “parks in the sky.” With the announcement last year that Facebook would occupy the entire building, the deal set the record for the largest office lease in San Francisco history and now effectively serves as a corporate headquarters. Come hear the story behind the project and get a glimpse inside the new building.


Matt Concannon, LEED AP, Vice President, Project Management Advisors (PMA)
Matt Concannon brings 15 years of industry experience in real estate development, entitlements, design, construction, and financial analysis to his role. As a main point of contact for various institutional investors, family offices (Swig/Shorenstein) REITs and developers, he combines his knowledge of the development process with creative problem solving to successfully meet client needs. Matt has delivered large projects ranging from ground up campus developments to complex, urban, high rise assignments. He has also managed numerous tenant improvement, redevelopment and capital improvement projects including office, industrial, retail and multi‐family residential.

Allison Owens, Vice President and General Manager, San Francisco, Project Management Advisors (PMA)
As Vice President and General Manager, Allison plays a key role in the strategic growth of the San Francisco office, working closely with firm leadership on all aspects of service delivery, client relations, staff mentoring and development, resource planning, and office operations. She has experience in project management, architectural design, and planning experience for a variety of project types including mixed-use commercial and office properties, luxury high-rise apartment and condominium buildings, as well as various educational facilities and campuses.


Scott Seyer, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Goettsch Partners
Scott Seyer is a principal and senior project designer at Goettsch Partners. He has played an integral role in the design of many national and international projects, including some of the firm’s highest profile assignments. In addition to the Park Tower at Transbay office building in San Francisco, his select work includes four 50-story office towers along Chicago’s Wacker Drive, the Northwestern University Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, two office and headquarters buildings in the UAE for Al Hilal Bank, and a 40-story headquarters tower for an electronics company in Taipei, Taiwan. 


Learning Objectives

1. Downtown San Francisco has developed rapidly in recent years and continues to evolve. Designing high-rises in the central area requires an understanding of the unique zoning requirements specific to San Francisco. How do these requirements compare with other cities, and what are the benefits and challenges or working with these requirements?

2. Building codes in the city have responded to recent local and national issues, as well as a maturing market. How do the code issues today differ from the recent past? How do they apply to a downtown office high-rise?

3. The growing population and workforce in San Francisco, like other desirable cities, is bringing more companies to the downtown core. What do these changes indicate in terms of broader market trends? What does the next generation of office buildings look like?

4. Hear a breakdown of the process for acquiring parcels within the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)-owned land, as well as how approvals for development were obtained within the local jurisdictions. 

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