Published Tuesday, October 31, 2006, by the San Francisco Chronicle
Search starts for team to design tower
By John King
An ambitious international competition to find an architect and
developer for what could be San Francisco's tallest building was
launched yesterday by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.
The authority's board, which consists primarily of local elected
officials, voted unanimously to begin the competition as part of its
effort to build a new transit center for buses and commuter trains
near First and Mission streets. The competition seeks a designer for
the transit center and the tower, as well as a developer to build
The schedule calls for interested teams to submit their
qualifications in January. Finalists would submit detailed proposals
and a design-development team would be selected in August. The
authority hopes to begin construction in 2010.
Meanwhile, San Francisco's Planning Department will soon seek a
consultant to study how to raise building-height limits around the
terminal. Two skyscrapers in addition to the transit terminal tower
could be allowed to exceed the 853-foot Transamerica Pyramid, now
the city's tallest building. Money generated by land sales and new
property taxes would help fund construction of the transit center.