Millennium Tower

Millennium Tower is a 58-story highrise condominium completed in 2009 in the San Francisco Financial District, South of Market. A mixed-use building, primarily residential, it is the tallest building in San Francisco to include residences. The blue-gray glass, late-modernist tower is bounded by Mission, Fremont, and Beale Streets, and the north end of the Transbay Terminal. The building was opened to residents on April 23, 2009. Its highest level, 58 floors above the ground, is listed as the 60th.

Description

The US$350 million project was developed by Millennium Partners of New York City, designed by Handel Architects, engineered by DeSimone Consulting Engineers and constructed by Webcor Builders. At 645 ft (197 m), it is the tallest concrete structure in San Francisco, the fourth tallest building in San Francisco overall, and the tallest since 345 California Street in 1986. It is also the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi. The tower is slender, with each floor containing 14,000 sq ft (1,300 m2) of floor space. In addition to the 58-story tower, there is an 125 ft (38 m), 11-story tower on the northeast end of the complex. Between the two towers is a 43 ft (13 m), two-story glass atrium. In total, the project has 416 units. The residences are said to be the priciest on the West Coast, with penthouse units on the top two floors selling for around US$12 million. The bottom 25 floors of the main tower are called Residences while the floors from 26 to the top have the name Grand Residences. The 53 units in the 12-story tower are called the City Residences. Below street level, there are 434 parking spaces in a five-level subterranean garage located under the 11-story tower. The building is located next to the site of the future Transbay Terminal. Overall, the tower's design is intended to resemble a translucent crystal, and is a landmark for the Transbay Redevelopment and the southern skyline of San Francisco. Millennium Tower is also home to RN74, a restaurant and wine bar under the direction of Chef Michael Mina, located on the ground floor.

Resident services include a private concierge and exclusive access to the 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) Club Level, featuring an owners’ lounge, tasting room and cellar, private dining room (serviced by Chef Michael Mina’s RN74), screening room, children’s playroom, outdoor terrace, and a 5,500-square-foot (510 m2) fitness center operated by Sports Club/LA, complete with Pilates and yoga studios, massage therapy, locker rooms, Jacuzzi and steam rooms as well as a 75-foot (23 m), indoor, competition-length lap pool. A monthly events program called La Vie was launched in 2010. La Vie provides residents with monthly offerings, from film screenings in the Club Level’s screening room to celebrity fireside chats, on- and off-site winemaker events, musical performances, and more.

Notable Residents
  • Joe Montana
  • Tom Perkins
  • Carmen Policy
History

The current building replaced an earlier design which included two towers called 301 Mission Street I & 301 Mission Street II linked together by a six story podium. The earlier design was never built and the current plan replaced it sometime around 2003. Soon afterward, the project was approved 4-1 and construction began in 2005. The only against vote came from Planning Commissioner Sue Lee.

On September 6, 2010, Dan Goodwin, also known as SpiderDan and Skyscraperman, scaled the outside of the tower using suction cups. Following the climb, Goodwin was arrested by the San Francisco police who charged him with trespassing. Goodwin, a stage-four cancer survivor, stated the reason he made the climb was to call attention to the inability of fire departments to conduct rescue operations in the upper floors of skyscrapers. In the 1980's, in advocacy for high-rise firefighting and rescue, Goodwin scaled many of the world's tallest buildings including the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center, and the World Trade Center.

Awards

The building has garnered several awards from several engineerning and architectural organisations.

  • 2008: American Concrete Institute Awards, Northern California – Construction
  • 2008: Concrete Industry Board – Roger H. CIB Award of Merit
  • 2009: American Society of Civil Engineers, Region 9 – Structural Engineering Project of the Year
  • 2008: American Society of Civil Engineers, San Francisco Section – Outstanding Structural Engineering Project
  • 2009: Metal Architecture Magazine – April 2009 edition Top Honor
  • 2009: California Construction – Outstanding Project Management
  • 2009: California Construction – Multi-family/Residential, Award of Merit
  • 2010: San Francisco Business Times – Deal of the Year Award
  • 2010: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards – Building San Francisco Award

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