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Transbay Transit Center "City Park" Tour

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Starts On - September 29, 2017 - 4:30pm
Ends On - September 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

San Francisco , CA 94105

Join USGBC Northern California from 1:30-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 for a tour of the Transbay Transit Center "City Park."

Tour host: Webcor Obayashi Joint Venture (WOJV), the project's General Contractor / Construction Manager

The event will start with a presentation on the project and a one-hour job site tour. On the walking tour, please be aware the project, which is around four blocks, will require plenty of walking and some stair climbing. The tour will include the main spaces on the ground level, bus deck and roof top park all which will open to the public in 2018. The tour will not include the spaces for the future train service which are below ground nor back of house areas.

Where to go:
The WOJV Jobsite Trailer complex. Enter the gate in the green site fence on the East side of Beale street just to the south of 201 Mission. The gate is identified with general access/visitor entrance signage. Walk up to the deck to your right and then into the conference trailer to your left (look for the A, B, C signage and enter any of those doors).

Preparing for your visit
Remember to dress for success. Visitors not attired correctly will not be allowed on site for Safety reasons. You will need to provide at minimum for yourself the following:

  • Long pants
  • Shirt or outerwear with a minimum three-inch sleeve
  • Work / Hiking boots (ankle covered, thick soled, closed toe, no heel)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
WOJV will provide you with a visitor’s waiver for you to review and sign. Then WOJV will issue you the following PPE (personal protective equipment) for use on your tour. These items should be returned at the completion of your visit.

  • Safety vest
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Hard hat

The Transbay Transit Center Project will transform downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area’s regional transportation system by creating a “Grand Central Station of the West." It replaces the former Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Streets in San Francisco with a modern regional transit hub connecting eight Bay Area counties and the state of California through 11 transit systems: AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, Muni, SamTrans, WestCAT Lynx, Amtrak, Paratransit and future high speed rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim.

The tour will feature “City Park,” a public 5.4-acre rooftop park. The 1,400-foot-long elevated park will feature a wide range of activities and amenities, including an outdoor amphitheater, gardens, trails, open grass areas, children’s play space, restaurant and cafe.

In addition to being a generous amenity for the quickly developing Transbay neighborhood, City Park will double as a “green roof” for the Transit Center, one of many environmentally friendly building features.

A landscaped “green roof” — also known as a “vegetative” or “living” roof — offers significant environmental benefits. It will shade much of the ground-level sidewalk when the sun is strongest and provide biological habitat for flora and fauna and public open space for transit passengers, neighborhood residents, and employees. It also acts as insulation for interior spaces, moderating heat build-up in warm weather and retaining heat during cooler weather.

Unlike asphalt paving or dark colored roofing surfaces, planting on the green roof cools the surrounding environment and improves air quality by acting as a carbon sink. As a biological organism itself, the park will help to capture and filter the exhaust in the area and help to improve the air quality of the neighborhood.

Just over a quarter mile long, the park design includes active space allowing organized events like concerts and fairs along with quiet areas where visitors can relax in informal natural settings. The vibrant plaza located in the center of the park will receive the largest influx of visitors from the building’s main escalator and elevator which connect to the ground level.

Plenty of seating as well as opportunities for retail and food services are expected to be offered on the main plaza. The park’s western end will feature an amphitheater and stage for programmed performances. Botanic displays and open lawn areas will allow visitors to enjoy the park setting. Children will also find places for active and dynamic exploration. These areas will fit seamlessly into the overall park plan and will contain gardens, water features and other elements that offer varied perceptions and experiences for the young and young at heart.

Highlights of City Park

  • Green roof with sustainable design features
  • Public space including both quiet and active areas
  • Restaurant and cafe
  • Open air amphitheater
  • Display gardens featuring climate-appropriate plants
  • Children’s play spaces
  • Pedestrian bridges connecting surrounding development to the park
  • Bike storage to accommodate approximately 600 bikes
  • Ten different public access points

Project team

  • Owner: Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)
  • CM/GC: Webcor Obayashi Joint Venture (WOJV)
  • Designer: Pelli Clark Pelli

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