Related, SOM and City of San Francisco Choose View Smart Windows

Related, SOM and City of San Francisco Choose View Smart Windows


View joined San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed, representatives from the City and County of San Francisco, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Architects, Related Companies, and contractor Pankow Builders to celebrate the topping out of 49 South Van Ness, a visionary new 431,000 SF office building that features View’s smart glass.

The office building, designed by SOM, will include a “one-stop Permit Center” which will serve thousands of San Franciscans each year and be the future home for several City departments.

The new building incorporates View Dynamic Glass windows, providing City employees with beautiful views of San Francisco and optimized natural light that has a bottom-line impact on their productivity, well-being, and engagement.

mayor breed signs beam in San Francisco San Francisco Mayor London Breed proudly signing the last beam of 49 South Van Ness before it gets raised up.

“It should be easy for people to interact with their local government and get the help they need, which is why I am excited for the new Permit Center to provide a more streamlined experience,” said Mayor Breed. “This new building will help us better serve the countless residents and merchants who apply for permits each day by providing a central and convenient location where they can find resources and get the help they need.”

“There were several compelling attributes to View’s smart windows including eliminating glare and hot spots at the building perimeter. As a result, the City expects to have more efficient utilization on each floor with occupants able to work comfortably without baking in the sun close to the windows,” said Matthew Witte, Principal, Related California.

Final beam at 49 South Van Ness in San Francisco The beam goes up!

According to recent research published in the Harvard Business Review, natural light is the number one office perk for employees. The research found that 78% of employees believe access to natural light and views improves their well-being and 70% report improved work performance. Recent research has also revealed that workers in View smart window office environments report a 51% drop in the incidence of eyestrain, a 63% drop in the incidence of headaches and a 56% reduction in drowsiness.

These documented health benefits are central to the goals of architecture in the 21st century.

“We believe that a core role of architecture is improving human performance and enriching the human experience while using as few resources – particularly energy – as possible. The dynamic glass in this building plays a huge part in achieving those goals.” said Mark Schwettmann, Design Director at SOM.

The building is a public-private partnership that was approved by former Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the Board of Supervisors. The project started in 2014 with City Administrator Kelly, Public Works, and the Real Estate Division overseeing development and working with Related California, architects at SOM, View and the contractor, Pankow Builders.

The 16-story civic office building is scheduled to open in summer 2020 and will include a conference center, multi-purpose training center, and a childcare facility.


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