Crown Zellerbach Headquarters

Crown Zellerbach
  • Client Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • Expertise Commercial
  • Region North America
  • Location San Francisco, California, United States

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 1959
  • Size Site Area: 1.67 acres Building Height: 309 feet Number of Stories: 19 Building Gross Area: 439,215 square feet
  • Awards
    1959, Office of the Year Award: Award of Merit, Administrative Management Magazine 1960, Award of Excellence, American Institute Of Steel Construction 1961, Award of Merit, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1997, 25 Year Award, AIA California 2013, 25 Year Award, AIA San Francisco
  • Collaborators
    H.J. Brunnier & Associates Hertzka & Knowles Haas & Haynie
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 1959
  • Size Site Area: 1.67 acres Building Height: 309 feet Number of Stories: 19 Building Gross Area: 439,215 square feet
  • Awards
    1959, Office of the Year Award: Award of Merit, Administrative Management Magazine 1960, Award of Excellence, American Institute Of Steel Construction 1961, Award of Merit, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1997, 25 Year Award, AIA California 2013, 25 Year Award, AIA San Francisco
  • Collaborators
    H.J. Brunnier & Associates Hertzka & Knowles Haas & Haynie

Crown Zellerbach Headquarters was the first International Style curtain-wall tower to be built in San Francisco, and has claimed a position as a lasting figure in the downtown streetscape. The project includes an epoch-making open floor design and a sweeping plaza layout.

Occupying one-third of a triangular site, the building consists of a 20-story office tower and an attached service tower. The structural framework is made of rigid welded steel trusses with a 63-foot-wide span and steel decking supported on purlins. The structure cantilevers 11 feet beyond the centerline of the columns at both ends. An 8-foot-thick reinforced concrete foundation slab on grade, located approximately 45 feet below street level, distributes the column load over its entire surface. Inside, each floor has a gross area of about 15,000 square feet, unobstructed by columns.

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