NEMA Continues its Winning Streak

By Sandra Kim

Project Executive Mike Strong eloquently described how NEMA forever changed the historic mid-market neighborhood securing NEMA as the 2015 Alliant Build America Merit Award winner in the Building New $11 million to $199 million category.

The 754-unit, multi-building high-rise residential project is located near San Francisco’s City Hall and has helped to transform and resurge this underutilized area. This previous corridor along Market Street—anchored now in part by NEMA—is swiftly becoming home for many tech companies and their employees. This project’s meteoric success has spurred many other developments in this neighborhood and surrounding areas in San Francisco. The main 37-story tower has a sleek motif featuring a glass curtain wall system with integral metal panel stripes extending into the skyline, evoking shards of glass. The accompanying towers utilize a similar curtain wall design modified to optimize natural day lighting, views, and cooling/heating loads.

Located  just minutes away from growing companies like Twitter, Uber, and Salesforce, NEMA is ideal for tech employees who want to work close to home with amenities that cater to the technologically-advanced. These amenities include a distributed antenna system, which provides strong cell phone signals throughout the complex, keyless door locks, Wi-Fi, and charging stations throughout the interior and outdoor public spaces; digital touch-screen message boards; fiber-optic service to each apartment; exterior televisions; and smart elevators utilizing a Destination Dispatch control system reducing wait and travel times by grouping passengers who are going to the same/adjacent floors. NEMA is also pending LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Furthermore, the 2014 IBcon “Digie” Award is proof that state-of-the art technology was no stranger to NEMA. The “Digie” Award recognized NEMA as the most intelligent multi-family residential project for the incorporation of technology, automation, and innovation into the building’s design.

The project was a tremendous success as evidenced by NEMA’s 100% occupation in a matter of months as well as recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as the Market Rate Rental Project of the Year. This project’s success, along with the strengthening economy and tech industry, helped build confidence in the neighborhood and in the overall San Francisco residential market. This sentiment shared by all those impacted by the project is what continues to generate the positive buzz about NEMA.