SAN FRANCISCO Construction for Equity Residential’s Sol at Mission Bay, a 16-story tower with a 5-story podium, 396,2000 SF residential development featuring 273 apartment residences, is now underway announced Peter Solar, Vice President of Development for Equity Residential.

Located in the Mission Bay District south of Market, the transformative project received unanimous approval from the San Francisco Oversight Board, (formally known as the SF Redevelopment Agency), which has championed the addition of new housing in this underutilized waterfront neighborhood.   Steeped in progressive urbanism with its connection to mass transit, and in close proximity to an ever-expanding base of creative and technology driven business, Sol’s timing for construction completion in the third quarter of  2015 is opportune for the City’s growing population.

Bounded by Channel, El Dorado and Longbridge Streets, the development features existing and planned parks or open space directly across all three streets, to be enjoyed by residents and neighbors. Of the 273 residences, 164 are one-bedrooms and 109 are two-bedrooms, including walk-up residences on the ground floor with terraces and dual access to the street and the residential lobby.

According to Peter Solar, “We brought together a smart and talented team of local partners, which has resulted in an innovative approach to a high-rise, urban living environment. From the spectacular 360-degree views; to the onsite amenities including outdoor courtyards, barbeques, a fire pit, bike storage and of course, a fitness center; to the more unexpected extras such as a demonstration kitchen, bicycle repair room, pet wash and open spaces or parks on three sides of the development, Sol will clearly offer an unparalleled, for-lease living environment in Mission Bay.”

The project architect, the San Francisco office of HKS, offered some insight into the design and materials being used in Sol at Mission Bay. According to HKS Associate Principal Brendan Dunnigan, “The masterplan contemplated two towers.  We worked closely with Equity Residential and OCII, the former redevelopment agency, to design a single tower on a podium, creating more open space with the neighboring towers.. The color of the glass and metal panel system on the tower are reflective of the surrounding environment; blue water in the nearby Bay, as well as the green landscape in the hills beyond. The design and color is reflective of the environment, versus trying to define it.” Dunnigan went on to say, “The podium is designed to bring life onto the street level, with walk-up residences, terraces, planter boxes, and a wood panel demarking the residential entries.  Adding an element of visual interest, the unique laser cut ‘BOK’ balcony railing system was conceived by NC2 Studio, a San Francisco architect who is also the interior designer for Sol.”

According to Solar, “This innovative development is being branded as Sol for its modernist perspective on the expansive views, which when combined with the luminescence of the aqua and green glass of the façade, will impart a sense of lightness and space within the City’s landscape.  It will be a modern residential address offering a distinctive design in harmony with San Francisco’s progressive vision of smart development.”

Other San Francisco-based members on the Sol at Mission Bay team include Interior Architect, NC2 Studio; Landscape architect, Cliff Lowe Associates; and General Contractor, Nibbi Brothers.