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TMG, Northwood Announce Architects for First & Mission Tower

Foster + Partners with Heller Manus Collaborating Architects to Design 2 Million-Sq-Ft Tower
March 26, 2014
The joint venture building the First and Mission tower has selected Foster + Partners and Heller Manus Architects to design the 2 million-square-foot mixed-use development in the Transbay area.

TMG Partners, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's largest mixed-use property developers, and privately held Northwood Investors LLC are developing two towers with 1.35 million square feet of office and retail space and 650,000 square feet of residential units.

It's the first residential and mixed-use project in San Francisco for Foster + Partners, which designed the Apple Campus II in Cupertino and the Apple Store on Union Square.

Under the Transbay Plan, a rezoning that was put in place to encourage density around the Transbay Terminal, the seven parcels at First and Mission are now zoned for an 850-foot tower and a 605-foot tower. The project will include a large floor plate office tower with frontage on First Street and a world class condominium portion that will be taller than any residential project on the West Coast.

"The Transbay site will be transformative and will be the last mixed-use development of this scale in this area of downtown," said TMG Partners president and CEO Michael Covarrubias.

Lord Foster, founder and chairman of Foster + Partners, termed the project "incredibly exciting in urban and environmental terms."

"Bringing together places to live and work with the city's most important transport hub, the project further evolves a sustainable model of high density, mixed-use development that we have always promoted," Foster said. "The 605-foot residential tower reflects the scale of San Francisco's existing tall buildings, while the 850-foot hotel, residential and office tower rises above it as a symbol of this new vertical city quarter.

The super-sized office floor plates will give tenants a high degree of flexibility, and their open layout is supported by an innovative orthogonal structural system developed for seismic stability, he said.

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