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Housing the Bay Success!

We are excited to share that our Housing the Bay Summit on May 10th, 2019 was great success! With 43 speakers and 500 people registered, there was no shortage of exciting discussions on stage, and shared amongst attendees in between the Summit sessions. Visit  our Housing the Bay Summit Program page to get a closer look at the presentations shown during the Summit. If you missed it, take a look at our 2019 Summit Booklet for more information about this important initiative and the innovative and inspiring group of leaders that … Read More

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Local vs. State Control: Our First Housing the Bay Lead-Up Program

What do you get when you put leading political representatives and practitioners, each with varying opinions, in a room to discuss Bay Area housing policy? A passionate and informative discussion! The Housing Crisis: Local, Regional and State Perspectives, one of several lead-up programs for the Housing the Bay Summit, was a broad-ranging discussion covering the causes and potential solutions to the Bay Area’s long-standing regional housing crisis. Eric Tao of AGI Avant opened up the breakfast panel by sharing his own experiences engaging the public process. Tao summarized his own personal … Read More

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Structural Engineering 101: Load Paths, Structural Systems, and Withstanding Earthquakes

On June 9th, ULI San Francisco hosted a sold-out seminar on high-rise building in the Bay Area entitled “Sink, Swim… or Tilt?” The talk was given by respected structural engineer Carl J. Wilford, P.E., S.E., Vice President of Thornton Tomasetti. Wilford’s 21 years of experience in structural and civil engineering were readily apparent as he broke down the different engineering techniques used to stabilize high-rise buildings in the event of an earthquake. Wilford began by listing the strengths and weaknesses of different materials that can be used in the construction … Read More

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Key Takeaways: Connie Moore on the BRE/Essex Merger

The merger between BRE Properties and Essex Property Trust in 2014 was one of the most high-profile transactions in the multifamily real estate industry and included more than 56,000 housing units across nearly 240 properties on the West Coast.  On May 23rd, Holland & Knight hosted a ULI San Francisco event featuring former CEO of BRE Properties Constance Moore.  Connie provided a look back into the merger between the two giants and described the various dimensions of the transaction such as how it came to be, the key people involved … Read More

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More Homes, Same Neighborhood: Accelerating Accessory Dwelling Units

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On April 18th, ULI San Francisco and the Terner Center for Housing sponsored a ULI program to unveil and discuss a major research study on accelerating creation of Accessory Dwelling Units or “ADUs,” an increasingly popular way to create market-rate and affordable housing within existing neighborhoods. This event served as the kick-off for ULI SF’s Housing the Bay Initiative! The evening began with opening remarks from Carol Galante, the Faculty Director for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley.  Ms. Galante identified the well-known and much discussed need … Read More

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1500 Mission: Enhancing Public and Private Partnerships

On Tuesday, February 7th, ULI San Francisco held a lunchtime presentation, at the offices of Holland & Knight, to discuss public-private partnerships.  The talk centered on recent collaboration between the City of San Francisco and development firm Related California, on the old Goodwill site at 1500 Mission. John Updike, the City of San Francisco’s Director of Property, and Matt Witte, a partner at Related California, presented details of the partnership to a full house of about 40 people. Mr. Witte and Mr. Updike discussed in detail the genesis of the … Read More

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Building Resilient Cities on a District Scale

As cities undergo some of the most rapid growth of the past 100 years, can neighborhood-scale innovations bridge the gap between our current urban infrastructure and the low carbon cities of the future? With this question in mind, ULI San Francisco held an event on January 26, 2017 at the offices of Mithun. Moderated by Sandy Mendler, Principal at Mithun, the panelists included Eric Corey Freed, Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, Lisa Fisher, Urban Planner and Sustainable City Team Lead at the San Francisco Planning Department, and Toral Patel, Stewardship … Read More

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A History of the Lumina Development with Carl Shannon

Development in San Francisco requires tenacity, patience, and a palate for the unexpected. On the morning of September 13, 2016 Carl Shannon, Senior Managing Director with Tishman Speyer, spoke before a group of ULI members to tell the enthralling story of the Lumina development and its sister project the Infinity. A story that Carl began with an illustrative look at the history of Rincon Hill. Now anchored prominently next to the Bay Bridge, this neighborhood has a history as rich as it is complex. In the late 19th century the … Read More

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Construction Costs: San Francisco’s Current Trends and Solutions

On the evening of September 29th, 2016 a group of ULI members gathered for a panel discussion on the state of local construction costs. The panel, moderated by Ann Silverberg, Executive Vice President of BRIDGE Housing, discussed the current constraints being placed on the industry, potential resolutions, projected cost trends, and how modular is becoming a cost-effective alternative. The event took place at DPR Construction’s San Francisco office, the first certified net-zero commercial building in the city. Esteemed panelists included, Jeff Gherardini the Construction Manager and Vice President of Plant … Read More

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How to Succeed in Real Estate: Dinner with Connie Moore

Connie Moore, Boardroom After Dark

ULI San Francisco was excited to have Connie Moore as a guest at Boardroom After Dark on October 11, 2016. Ms. Moore has more than 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, and mostly recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for BRE until the completion of the merger with Essex Property Trust in 2014.  Ms. Moore currently sits on the board of several public, private and non-profit companies, as well as multiple educational institutions. Boardroom After Dark allows for ULI members to get to know … Read More

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