Tallest Building in Northern California Makes its Mark on Region
SAN FRANCISCO (May 21, 2019) – Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE: BXP), one of the largest publicly-traded developers, owners and managers of Class A office properties in the United States, is thrilled to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the official opening of the Salesforce Tower. The company plans to mark the occasion by burying a time capsule commemorating the iconic building’s first year.
A visually stunning building designed by the world-renowned architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, the Salesforce Tower recently was named the world’s best tall building as it captured the top prize at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s annual awards for high-rise structures.
“In building Salesforce Tower, we always wanted to add to the unique character of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area,” said Helen Han, Director of Marketing for Boston Properties. “So it has been rewarding over the last year to see it embraced by the diverse residents of the Bay Area whose values we sought to reflect.”
Crowned by Jim Campbell’s 11,000 LED light and video installation “Day for Night,” Salesforce Tower has claimed its place as the new standard bearer in San Francisco’s skyline. The installation has embraced the Bay Area’s distinctive personality, from displaying the Eye of Sauron on Halloween, to highlighting the artwork of local students from the California College of the Arts.
Currently, 100 percent of the 1.4 million-square foot, 61-story tower has been leased. In addition to anchor tenant Salesforce, the building boasts a fifth-floor Starbucks that connects directly to Salesforce Park, and will be home to Boutique Crenn, the latest offering from chef Dominique Crenn, the first woman in the United States to receive three Michelin stars. The previous year has also presented opportunities for Boston Properties and Salesforce to give back to the community which has welcomed Salesforce Tower with open arms. Shortly after the building’s opening, 25 redwood trees were installed at Roseland Collegiate Prep, part of the Roseland School District in Santa Rosa. Originally designated to be part of the Salesforce Plaza, the 40’ trees instead went towards helping rebuild the campus which was severely damaged by the October 2017 Tubbs Fire.
Additionally, Salesforce has opened up the top floor of the tower – the Ohana Floor – to Bay Area community groups and other national and international charitable organizations. The floor holds up to 250 guests and has already hosted a number of important fundraisers and celebrations.
“We’re proud to call Salesforce Tower home. Salesforce was born in San Francisco 20 years ago, and our commitment to the city has been engrained in our culture since the very beginning,” said Michele Schneider, Senior Vice President of Global Workplace Services at Salesforce. “In just one year, we’ve hosted thousands of guests on our Ohana Floor at the top of the Tower for meetings, events and community tours. And, we’re thrilled to welcome local nonprofits and education groups to use the Ohana Floor at no cost. To date, events on the floor have raised over $1.85M for charity and we’re only getting started.”
Earlier this month, the Salesforce Tower team earned the Grand Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards. The building was recognized for its engineering achievements, including the first-of-its-kind “high-performance core” and robust foundation system.
Salesforce Tower’s historic achievements in sustainable real estate are further illustrated in the building’s LEED Platinum certification. The development earned more points under the LEED Version 3 rating system than any other project in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the highest rated new skyscraper in the state of California. It was designed to use 50% less energy per square foot than the median United States office building, sources 100% renewable electricity and features the largest blackwater recycling system in a commercial high-rise building in the United States.About Boston Properties
Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) is concentrated in five markets – Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. The Company is a fully integrated real estate company, organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), that develops, manages, operates, acquires and owns a diverse portfolio of primarily Class A office space. The Company’s portfolio totals 52.7 million square feet and 200 properties, including fourteen properties under construction.