Buildings, Mobility & Transportation

Transbay Transit Center

© Jason O'Rear

Transbay Transit Center in Downtown San Francisco (now referred to as Salesforce Transit Center) is intended to become the great transportation hub of the West. It encompasses several rail and bus platforms and retail spaces, which are spread over 5 floors and topped by a 5.4 acre public landscaped park. At its base lies Mission Square, sheltered under a flowing glass canopy that forms the ceremonial entrance to the Center. The Transit Center consists of ductile moment frames in the transverse direction and eccentric braced frames with ‘link elements’ in the longitudinal direction to address seismic concerns. The exterior undulating glass wall elegantly responds to the building’s robust concrete-and-steel structural system and creates a welcoming presence on the street. The geometry of the double curved grid shell was designed by using a special geometrical strategy to create a quadrangular grid with flat meshes.

Location
San Francisco, California, USA
Architect
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven
Cooperation
Thornton Tomasetti, New York
Owner
Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), San Francisco
Partner
Hans Schober
Features
Glass

Technical Data

Length
427 m
Width
52 m
Area of grid shell
15,000 m²
Certification
LEED Gold

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