Category Archives: San Francisco

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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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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Central SOMA DeTour(ed)

On November 16 the San Francisco chapter of the ULI Young Leaders Group held the latest installment of DeTour, this time walking the streets of Central SOMA and mapping out some of the largest projects on the drawing board in San Francisco. The catalyst for this boom of planned growth is the Central SOMA Plan, for which a revised draft was formally unveiled by the City this last summer and which is expected to be fully approved in 2017. The Specific Plan up-zones a large portion of the Central South … Read More

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November 2016: Bay Area Election Recap

Despite the uncertainty brought on by the recent national election, the Bay Area has a clear voice on housing. They want more, they want it affordable, and they want it transit friendly. Below are the outcomes of the key land use and transportation ballot initiatives. San Francisco: Measure C: allows the remaining $260 million of the SSLP bond to go towards increasing the amount of affordable housing Measure M: overturned a proposal to create a new Housing and Development Commission Measure RR: authorizes a $3.5 billion bond to upgrade BART’s system. … 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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Congratulations To Chamberlin Young Leader Fellow: Sarah Sieloff!

ULIsf is pleased to announce that Sarah Sieloff has been selected for the 2016 Chamberlin Young Leader Fellowship. This award is granted to professionals under 35 in the public or non-profit sector that showcase exceptional promise as future industry leaders. The Chamberlin Young Leaders Fellowship is made possible by Steve and Susan Chamberlain of Chamberlin Associates. The endowment, in partnership with ULI, offers to provide fellows with immersive exposure to thought leadership around planning, design, real estate, and land use. Through this program, fellows will be primed to take on … Read More

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In the Dugout with Jon Knorpp

Jon Knorpp, SF Giants, fireside chat, peer to peer

On August 11th, CBRE hosted the ULIsf Young Leaders Group (YLG) for an intimate round table Fireside Chat with Jon Knorpp, Managing Director of Giants Development Services. The San Francisco Giants are a professional baseball franchise based in Mission Bay, San Francisco. Although the Giants are most known for winning three championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, they have now embarked in an effort to transform Mission Bay through their in-house real estate development team with the help of Mr. Knorpp. Approximately 35 young leaders sat around the large table … Read More

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Event Recap: Public Engagement “Hacked”

Hacking Public Engagement Recap

On the evening of Wednesday June 22nd, a crowd of 50-plus attendees convened to hear from a panel of public engagement process veterans about how to most effectively engage in community outreach for private and public development and infrastructure projects . As many of us in the urban planning and development world are aware, public feedback is too often seen as merely a required box to check, or worse as an oppositional force in a project’s design and approval process. However, if orchestrated thoughtfully, meaningful public engagement can yield “win-win” … Read More

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