SF Chronicle: Big new SF tower project breaks ground

First published in The San Francisco Chronicle

Quite simply, nobody covers architecture in San Francisco like John King does.

This is a complex that, when completed by 2021, will climb higher than the Transamerica Pyramid and contain more space than the nearby Salesforce Tower. So the developers wanted to kick things off in style, and more than 200 people showed up to mark the occasion.

Event staff circled among early guests with platters of carrot-coconut muffins. Two models were on display near the entrance. One, nearly 5 feet tall, was detailed enough to have small figures on view inside the windows.

Read on for his unique, fresh perspective on the Oceanwide Center groundbreaking event.

Curbed: SF’s second-tallest building finally breaks ground

First published in Curbed San Francisco

The Oceanwide Center’s groundbreaking was a little rainy, but Curbed noted the mayor’s remarks about how it may mean good fortune ahead.

Mayor Ed Lee promised that rain means good luck on auspicious occasions as he talked the project up as a community benefit and a way to foster closer ties abroad.

Standing at a podium flanked by one American flag and one Chinese flag, Lee, who just returned from a trip to China, praised Oceanwide Center (named for its Chinese developer) for “creating a relationship” between San Franciscan and Chinese interests.

They also compared the First Street tower to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude – a nice compliment indeed.

SF Business Times: Second-tallest tower in SF breaks ground

First published in San Francisco Business Times

The groundbreaking event for Oceanwide Center was filled with fun and fanfare, and the San Francisco Business times was there to take it all in.

“It’s going to help reshape the skyline of San Francisco. At the same time, it really engages with the ground-level pedestrian experience,” said an Oceanwide spokesman.

The project spans a 60,000-square-foot lot, and 26,000 square feet of the ground level will include public open space, parks and and pedestrian passageways. Kathryn Gustafson is the landscape architect.

The project will also preserve two low-rise historic building at 88 and 78 First St., which will be used for office and retail.

Check out their video from the event, with excerpts from featured speakers.