Kilroy’s 333 Brannan project is one of the few ground up construction projects in San Francisco that is not a high-rise; it is uniquely designed to deliver a South of Market appeal while offering all of the advantages of new, green, energy efficient modern design. The 185,000 square foot, 6-story building offers ground floor retail, six levels of office space, and a luscious roof garden. Designed by William McDonough & Partners, the building focuses on efficiency and quality by incorporating an average floor plate size of 31,800 square feet with a design that allows for ample natural light and 100% outside air, ultimately benefitting the occupants with a healthier, modern, sustainable work environment. The exterior combines brick, energy efficient glass, metal and concrete, an architecturally pleasing combination that highlights the front entry on Brannan and the courtyard on Stanford alley.
Located in the bustling and hip SoMa (South of Market) district, 333 Brannan offers too many amenities to name them all, but a few notable ones include: CalTrain Station, The Creamery, MoMo’s, Paragon, Supper Club, Fingale, 25 Lusk, Lucky Strike and AT&T Park. The vibe of SoMa is 24/7. It is a live/work/play neighborhood where visions become a reality in the San Francisco technology hub.
According to Sara Neff, Vice President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty, “The biggest advice I can give about minimizing costs is to bake in LEED upfront. You have to be clear on your expectations with the design team. It’s a matter of planning early and getting the requirements into the specs early. We don’t believe LEED Gold has to come at a premium.”
The addition of concrete masonry units with sequestered CO2 was an easy decision for Kilroy as it represented a cost-effective solution for reducing the carbon footprint of the building’s concrete materials, which aligns with Kilroy’s corporate sustainability goals.
The general contractor on 333 Brannan was also instrumental in the success of the project. Swinerton Builders’ Director of Sustainability Adhamina Rodriguez was supportive of the use of CarbonCure from the early days of the project. “CarbonCure concrete looks and performs as well as traditional concrete with no additional cost; the only difference is that you can feel proud about the reduction in the carbon footprint”, said Rodriguez. “The CarbonCure team was a pleasure to work with, very accessible, flexible, and quick to respond.”
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CarbonCure CMU used in project: 2,500 masonry units
Total CO2 Sequestered (CO2 in): 26.9 kg CO2
CO2 Penalty * (CO2 out): 1.6 kg CO2
Net Benefit = Total Reduction of 25.3 kg CO2
This is the equivalent amount of CO2 contained in 650 cans of soda (EPA, 2014)
Certifications: LEED Platinum
Scope: 185,000 sq ft
Completion: Spring 2015
Location: San Francisco, CA
Owner: Kilroy Realty Corporation
Architect: William McDonough & Partners
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
CMU Supplier: Basalite Concrete ProductsDownload Specs Doc
“We develop best-in-class buildings for West Coast markets. We’re building higher performing buildings, which is synonymous with sustainability. Our approach to this is very product-based, which is how it should be. The biggest advice I can give about minimizing costs is to bake in LEED upfront. You have to be clear on your expectations with the design team. It’s a matter of planning early and getting the requirements into the specs early. We don’t believe LEED Gold has to come at a premium.”
Vice President of Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation