As the proposed 36-story Renzo Piano tower to rise at 555 Howard Street is being designed to meet LEED Platinum standards, its processing has been fast-tracked by Planning as a “green” development.
And as the 555 Howard Street site sits within the boundaries of San Francisco’s Transit Center District Plan, for which a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has already been approved, the proposed tower is eligible for a streamlined environmental review, the certification of which was just approved as well.
We’ll note that the 405-foot tower’s proposed construction, which would take around three years to complete, calls for a reinforced mat foundation that is between eight and twelve feet thick. Driving piles down to the bedrock below is not proposed nor required.
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