SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The United States Green Building Council has awarded a prestigious
Platinum LEED Certification to 270 Brannan Street in San Francisco’s
SOMA neighborhood, developed by SKS Partners of San Francisco.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy Environmental Design, is a green
building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building
strategies and practices. SKS Partners of San Francisco developed 270
Brannan in partnership with Mitsui Fudosan America of New York City. The
200,000 square foot building, constructed on the site of a former
parking lot, opened in May 2016.
Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for how well they meet
various measures of sustainability. Platinum is the highest level of
certification possible. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient,
use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The platinum level is rare and 270 Brannan Street becomes only the 30th
building in the City of San Francisco to win this designation. The
building won 100 percent of the LEED points awarded for water efficiency.
The structure incorporates a water reuse system that captures rainwater
and condensation from the building’s cooling system. This non-potable
water is then treated on site and used for 100 percent of the irrigation
system demand and 83 percent of the toilet flushing demand in the
“SKS and MFA were committed to developing an office building that would
be a leader in environmentally sustainable practices,” said Dan
Kingsley, Managing Partner of SKS. “We were particularly focused on
demonstrating that contemporary buildings can efficiently use the scarce
resource of water, and therefore we are honored to have been awarded all
of the available LEED points for water efficiency.”
Designed by prominent local architect Peter Pfau of Pfau Long
Architecture and Sustainability Consultant Thornton Tomasetti, 270
Brannan Street has been recognized for its innovative and
environmentally sustainable design. Between the five-story front and
seven-story rear sections of the building sits a naturally ventilated
5,000-foot internal atrium that provides occupants with a tranquil
alternative to the open office environment.
The building is one of the first in the city to set aside more spaces
for bicycles – 52 – than cars – 12. City planners have praised 270
Brannan Street for incorporating the history and character of the
neighborhood into the design, while meeting the needs of tenants. The
building is fully leased to Splunk, a fast-growing enterprise software
company that specializes in data mining.
SKS Partners, established in 1992, is a leading investor and
developer of commercial real estate properties in the San Francisco Bay
Area. The firm has successfully executed over 25 ground up and adaptive
re-use developments totaling over 8 million square feet, based upon its
ability to identify emerging demographic and market trends.
Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. (MFA) is a real estate investment
and development company headquartered in New York City and is the U.S.
subsidiary of Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. – Japan’s largest publicly traded
real estate company. Since its inception, MFA has acquired and developed
numerous office, multifamily and hospitality properties in major markets
throughout the U.S. In addition to its significant portfolio of office
buildings, MFA recently expanded its development platform, with several
office and multifamily development projects launched in New York,
Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.