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Swinerton Builders: January 08, 2014

San Francisco Skyline Hits a High Note As 535 Mission Building Tops Out

Boston Properties and Swinerton Builders celebrated a major construction milestone today with the topping-out of the 535 Mission Street office high-rise.

Amid an army of cranes that now decorates the cityscape during San Francisco’s most recent building boom, owner Boston Properties, general contractor Swinerton Builders, and architect HOK celebrated a major construction milestone today with the topping-out of the 535 Mission Street office high-rise. Speaking at the ceremony were Swinerton CEO Jeffrey Hoopes, Boston Properties Senior Vice President Steve Colvin, and San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim —with subcontractors, craft workers, and additional team members in attendance.

Centrally located within blocks of San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the planned Transbay Transit Center, 535 Mission is a steel-framed structure that will house Class A offices and mixed-use retail space on its street level. The 535 Mission Street project is one of the first office towers in San Francisco to be pre-certified Gold through the LEED® for Core & Shell program. Green features include storm water retention, natural day lighting, and an insulated glass curtain wall system that uses solar-reflective coating to conserve energy. 

Boston Properties purchased 535 Mission in 2012 and began work with Swinerton Builders. Swinerton had been involved with the project since 2007, originally contracted to build the 28-story skyscraper with a previous owner, and broke ground on the site in 2008. However, the project soon became a casualty of the economic recession, and construction was halted later that year. After several years of steady economic recovery in the Bay Area, Boston Properties purchased the property and retained Swinerton as general contractor.

Boston Properties holds a superior track record in developing premium Central Business District office buildings, suburban office centers and build-to-suit projects for the U.S. government and a diverse array of prominent tenants. After over ten years of developing and managing landmark commercial complexes in the Bay Area, 535 Mission Street presents an exciting opportunity for the company to further expand in San Francisco. 535 Mission will join Embarcadero Center, 680 Folsom and the Transbay Tower in Boston Properties’ San Francisco portfolio.

Colvin commented on the growth: “Boston Properties is very proud of our 535 Mission Street project. This is our second building south of Market and we are thrilled to be a part of this developing area in San Francisco. In keeping with our company’s vision, we are pleased to offer first class office and retail space in a prime location.”

The 535 Mission Street project is slated for completion in October of 2014.