100 Van Ness getting all dressed up


With the recent removal of 100 Van Ness's old concrete facade, we strolled through the Civic Center district last week to check out the progress on NREA Development Service's residential property.  With the 40 year old skin now stripped away, the naked frame of the Brutalist styled building lay … [Read more...]

Review: New Restaurant TBD Under Fire


TBD, the newly opened restaurant in the economically burgeoning area of northwest SOMA, has been garnering a lot of attention lately.  We decided to dine here to see for ourselves how owner Matt Semmelhack and chef Mark Liberman incorporated the open wood-fired grill concept to the overall dining … [Read more...]

Core Rising at 350 Mission Street


A core of steel and concrete is rising at the corner of Fremont and Mission streets.  Encircled by vertical iron support pillars, the chunky center foundation will support a 455 ft tall building and allow the interiors of each floor to be column free.   Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merril has … [Read more...]

Chic lobby at 680 Folsom


The re-skinning of 680 Folsom may not be as impressive as the new buildings emerging nearby,  however,  Boston Properties has made the most of this facelift endeavor.  The original building that housed the offices of SBC Communications was recently undressed and its 60's era precast concrete facade … [Read more...]

Mission Bay Housing Update


The low story buildings rising in the Mission Bay District are certainly not as exciting as the glassy high rises being erected in the Soma District.  However, in one square mile area, one can see a lot of construction activity with many spires of steel, concrete and wood jutting from the ground. … [Read more...]

Big Concrete Pour at 201 Folsom Street


Scores of concrete mixing trucks lined the streets of Harrison and Beale yesterday as the 201 Folsom construction site experienced the second of four massive concrete pours.  Notices were sent to residents weeks prior informing them of the limited street space and nightly activities due to the … [Read more...]