Mark Cavagnero


555 Howard Street aerial view, rendering by Steelblue

Approval Extension Requested for Renzo Piano-designed Tower in San Francisco

While San Francisco’s hotel occupancy rates recover, one developer has filed plans to extend the approval period of the 35-story hotel right across from the Transbay Transit Center. The 2015-filed project would replace three low-slung commercial buildings at 555 Howard Street in SoMa with four hundred hotel rooms and a rooftop POPOS. The application is a joint venture between Pacific Eagle and SKS Partners.

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San Francisco Symphony Hall existing interior hall, image by Craig Mole courtesy the Symphony

Historic Review Published for Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

The San Francisco Symphony is looking to reconstruct its existing concert hall with a new interior designed by Gehry Partners, one of the best modern architects of concert halls. New permits have been filed for the project, and the city has published a new historic resource review on the Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center. The review concludes that, given its young age, “the building is not yet eligible for listing” as a historic building in the national or state registers.

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San Francisco Symphony Hall aerial view, image by Google Satellite

Significant San Francisco Symphony Hall Renovation Proposed

The San Francisco Symphony has started the entitlement process for renovations of the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall at 201 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco’s Civic Center. While plans are preliminary, the Symphony has hired local Mark Cavagnero Associates and the world-renowned Gehry Partners to produce a dramatic reimagination inside and out. Construction is expected to cost at least $100 million.

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