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Forest City

Pier 70 Redevelopment

Forest City retained Brightworks as lead sustainability consultant for this ambitious waterfront redevelopment, bringing new mixed-use commercial and residential buildings to historic industrial buildings reflecting the site’s history since the Gold Rush.

Forest City is re-developing the 28 San Francisco Bay waterfront acres within the city of San Francisco’s 70-acre Pier 70 site. When complete, this new mixed-use district within San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood will feature arts and creative spaces, housing across the spectrum of affordability, light-manufacturing, local retail, and nine acres of waterfront parks – over three times what’s currently available in the Dogpatch. In addition to new buildings and public spaces, the site will have more than $150 million in infrastructure improvements, including all new utilities, streets, geotechnical and seismic improvements.

Sustainability is a key component of successful, people-centric neighborhoods. Knowing this, Forest City retained Brightworks to guide the over-all sustainability program for Forest City’s development site and manage its certification through the LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) v4 rating system.

LEED ND provides a framework to ensure that new developments are designed for walkability, bicycle-friendliness and public transit access; that the mix of building uses addresses all the needs of the community; that the scale of streets and frequency of parks encourages safety and community interaction; and that green buildings are encouraged to take advantage of district-scale energy systems.

Brightworks was also contracted to manage the LEED certification programs for all of the office buildings within its waterfront redevelopment site.

The redevelopment will celebrate the site’s history as the Union Iron Works, already registered on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Registry in recognition of its 150 years of continuous operation in ship building and repair. The district’s combination of waterfront, former industrial uses, and impressive historic buildings recalls past shipbuilding, steel manufacturing, and maritime activities. With a prescriptive set of design standards and guidelines, all future buildings will be carefully designed to prevent any new construction that may be incompatible or out of scale with the historic district.

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The Registry, “New Life for Pier 70 Historic Shipyard as Construction Begins on Expansive Waterfront District” May 11, 2018

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  • San Francisco, CA