Bay Area Headquarters Authority

The Bay Area Headquarters Authority has taken up residence in the heart of San Francisco’s Rincon Hill neighborhood. The former World War II tank assembly plant – which was turned into a U.S. Postal Service facility – serves as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The building houses a vital new center for regional collaboration of transportation planning, financing and coordinating for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

The eight-story, 512,000-square-foot building is a celebration of honoring the old, while embracing the new as it incorporates reclaimed wood piers from the old Transbay Terminal as well as reclaimed wood from the existing structure. The design transformed a monolithic building into a light-filled, flexible office space that supports multiple agencies and provides the city with some amazing public spaces. This was accomplished by carving out the center of the building by creating an eight-story open atrium that brings natural daylight in. The project is aiming to achieve at least a LEED Gold rating.

General Contractor – McCarthy Building Companies  

Architect – Perkins & Will

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