Parkmerced Vision Plan

Project Facts
  • Status Design Complete
  • Design Finish Year 2011
  • Size Site Area: 152 acres Building Gross Area: 11,200,000
  • Awards
    2013, Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2010, Merit Award, AIA California 2012, International Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2009, Excellence in Urban Design: Honor Award, AIA San Francisco 2011, Green Good Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2009, Analysis, Research and Planning Category: Merit Award (led by Tom Leader Studio), American Society of Landscape Architects - Northern California Chapter
  • Collaborators
    Stantec - Vancouver Hydroconsult Engineers, Inc. BKF Engineers Tom Leader Studio Inc Fehr & Peers - San Francisco AECOM Adavant Consulting Circlepoint SWCA Environmental Consultants (Turnstone Consulting) Page & Turnbull Pj Johnston Communications Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Llp Hms Associates
Project Facts
  • Status Design Complete
  • Design Finish Year 2011
  • Size Site Area: 152 acres Building Gross Area: 11,200,000
  • Awards
    2013, Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2010, Merit Award, AIA California 2012, International Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2009, Excellence in Urban Design: Honor Award, AIA San Francisco 2011, Green Good Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2009, Analysis, Research and Planning Category: Merit Award (led by Tom Leader Studio), American Society of Landscape Architects - Northern California Chapter
  • Collaborators
    Stantec - Vancouver Hydroconsult Engineers, Inc. BKF Engineers Tom Leader Studio Inc Fehr & Peers - San Francisco AECOM Adavant Consulting Circlepoint SWCA Environmental Consultants (Turnstone Consulting) Page & Turnbull Pj Johnston Communications Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Llp Hms Associates

Built in the 1950s to provide housing for military families after World War II, the Parkmerced neighborhood in San Francisco has declined in recent years. SOM’s redevelopment plan represents a remarkable opportunity to transform this large, aging housing complex and its surrounding area into a vibrant, sustainable community.

In addition to new energy-efficient residential buildings, the project includes retail, offices, and open space. Originally designed for reliance on the automobile, the revitalized neighborhood will feature traffic improvements and added transportation options. An existing light-rail line will be rerouted into the district, and residents will be able to walk to a new central shopping area for groceries and other goods and services. The plan aims to substantially reduce miles traveled by car.

The 8,900-unit development (at full buildout) will protect current tenants from displacement and will help address the city’s current housing shortage for people of all income levels.

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