Hines and NPS Lead $2.5B+ Bet On San Francisco

Hines, NPS, PG&E, San Francisco, 77 Beale, 200 Mission, Pickard Chilton

(EDITOR’S NOTE: According to previous reporting by The Registry, PG&E entered into a contract to sell its San Francisco campus for $800 million. Deal was arranged by CBRE’s San Francisco-based team of Kyle Kovac and Mike Taquino, both executive vice presidents with the firm.)

Pacific Gas & Electric Company headquarters redevelopment and retrofit to be largest project along Market Street in San Francisco in the past 10 years

(SAN FRANCISCO) – Hines, the international real estate firm, and the National Pension Service of Korea (NPS), today announced the acquisition of the historic Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) campus in the South Financial District in downtown San Francisco. Hines and its partner NPS, through their global build-to-core mandate, will completely reimagine and breathe new life into this irreplaceable, transit-oriented location over an entire city block. Upon completion, the PG&E campus will represent the largest deal along Market Street in San Francisco in the last 10 years, and deliver two next generation office projects totaling approximately 1.6 million square feet and a future multifamily component.

The first of the two office projects will consist of the restoration and renovation of a 600,000-square-foot office complex dating back to the early 1900s. Hines plans to honor the building’s history and architectural integrity while elevating the office experience to trophy historic product quality. Hines will retain the historic architecture of the building facade and the original lobby but upgrade the building’s systems and technological capabilities to achieve the modern functionality of a Class-A office building.

77 Beale, to be renamed 200 Mission, is an existing 1,000,000-square-foot, 34-story tower which will be repositioned into a brand-new, premier office tower oriented toward Mission Street.

Hines will completely transform the existing dated building into a state-of-the-art tower including all new systems and aesthetics. Led by Pickard Chilton, the future-facing design will meet the needs of a range of occupiers seeking to entice the next generation of workforce talent.   

Lastly, Hines anticipates commencing the development of 50 Main, a new multifamily apartment complex that will consist of over 600 units. More details will be released in relation to this ground-breaking residential site in the future.

“The site of PG&E’s headquarters is undoubtedly one of the best locations along the entire West Coast and we believe these projects will be the epitome of the next generation of office buildings, designed to answer future tenant needs by addressing what their employees want,” said Paul Paradis, senior managing director at Hines. “We are excited to be on the front lines of cutting-edge innovation in the built environment.”

As part of the joint venture that NPS and Hines formed last year, this project aims to capture evolving demands by modernizing spaces across the real estate industry.

“This venture targets a build-to-core strategy to create a portfolio of prime assets resilient to market uncertainties,” said Scott Kim, Head of Real Estate Investment Division at NPS. “This project embodies NPS and Hines’ belief that long-term investments in proven locations, supported by innovation and new technology, will capture sustained demand and create outsized value.”

“We have been able to capitalize on an ideal project in the heart of San Francisco to create three emblematic projects that are representative of the future of real estate,” said Alfonso Munk, CIO of the Americas at Hines. “We are very excited to see this project come to life and set the bar for many more projects between Hines and NPS in the future.”

“The Hines vision for this important block in the heart of downtown San Francisco is great news for the future of our city,” said Mayor London Breed. The proposed mix of uses – including residential, retail and office – addresses a crucial need for housing while bringing more economic vibrancy to our city. We look forward to seeing Hines deliver this exciting new addition to our community.”

Hines has a long involvement with the PG&E campus, having completed a redevelopment project in the mid-1990s and served as property manager for a decade following. The PG&E project is located directly across the street from Hines’ landmark 101 California, developed in 1982, and nearby several other Hines signature projects in the area.

About Hines

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 255 cities in 27 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management totaling approximately $83.6 billion¹. In addition, Hines provides third-party property-level services to more than 367 properties totaling 138.3 million square feet. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired approximately 1,486 properties, totaling over 492 million square feet. The firm currently has more than 171 developments underway around the world. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a foundational commitment to ESG, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. ¹Includes both the global Hines organization as well as RIA AUM as of June 30, 2021.

About National Pension Service of Korea

National Pension Service of Korea (NPS) is one of the largest pension funds in the world with approximately $786 billion USD in assets as of June 30, 2021. NPS manages its funds investing in financial investment assets both of domestic and global, while diversifying the investment portfolio into equities, fixed income and alternative asset classes including real estate, private equity and infrastructure.

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