Articles by Andrew Nelson

140 New Montgomery Street from Howard Street, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Number 48: 140 New Montgomery Street, SoMa, San Francisco

140 New Montgomery Street, first called the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building, is tied as the 48th tallest tower in SFYIMBY’s countdown of the 52 tallest buildings planned or built in the Bay Area. The PT&T Building is arguably the most influential skyscraper in this city among its contemporaries, as it was the first to bring to life Eliel Saarinen’s conceptual Tribune Tower design. The tower opened in 1925 to be the tallest skyscraper in the city, rising 435 feet tall. The verticality and slight setbacks were novel for the Bay, and the style would be replicated. Timothy L. Pfleuger is the architect responsible.

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Google Middlefield Park plan, image courtesy Google

Plans Reviewed for Massive Google Middlefield Park, Mountain View, Santa Clara County

Development plans are under review for a mixed-use Google Middlefield Park master plan in Mountain View, Santa Clara County. Google’s proposal brings up to 1,950 apartments, retail, 10.5 acres of parkland, and over a million square feet of offices with transit-oriented planning. The development possible after the city adopted its East Whisman Precise Plan in 2019. Google is working with Lendlease to develop the project and is expecting completion as late as 2040.

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The Energy Hub at 35 South 2nd Street, rendering by Hayes Davidson and Westbank

Renderings Released for Westbank’s Energy Hub at 35 South 2nd Street, in Downtown San Jose

New renderings are out for Westbank’s Energy Hub, an innovative mixed-use tower proposed for 35 South 2nd Street in Downtown San Jose, with Bjarke Ingels Group’s design. The images were released with the launch of the Westbank Campus Website. The new website connects the firm’s five projects in San Jose with their master vision to get the Silicon Valley capital to the forefront of environmentally focused urbanization and offer solutions to address the climate crisis while meeting the demand for housing and workspace. The Energy Hub will provide shaded housing, retail, and office space just around the corner of the future San Jose BART station.

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