The building's original architect, Arthur Brown Jr., was a prominent San Franciscan and also the designer of San Francisco City Hall, the San Francisco Opera House and War Memorial, Coit Tower and many other Bay Area landmarks. PHOTO CREDIT: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.
"The completely revamped courtyard designed by artist Cliff Garten at 50 United Nations Plaza will be an excellent example of an artwork that is not only going to be beautiful, with its curved and twisted sculptural benches, granite fountains and birch trees," said Don Douglass, Fine Artist Specialist for the region's Art in Architecture program, "but a wonderful place for employees to relax momentarily during their workday." PHOTO CREDIT: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.
Project funding for the renovation of the federal building at 50 United Nations Plaza was made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Architect of Record for the renovation is HKS, Inc. PHOTO CREDIT: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.
Renovations include environmental remediation; new mechanical, electrical, lighting, and
plumbing systems; roof replacement and refurbishment of existing historic wood windows; restoration of the historically significant interiors and central courtyard as well as redesign of
office interiors. PHOTO CREDIT: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.
This Recovery Act project not only provides much needed repairs and upgrades but also brings this historic building up to 21st century office
space standards and incorporates many sustainable design strategies, including reduced electrical loads and environmentally friendly materials. PHOTO CREDIT: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.
With its sustainable design, the 14,000-square-foot green roof will help to reduce storm water runoff by 75 percent and lower heating and cooling costs. The green roof and 96-panel photovoltaic solar array contributed to a total of four LEED® credits for this project. PHOTO CREDIT: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.
GSA recognizes its obligation to increase the sustainability of the Federal Government by reducing cost of operations and the environmental impact of its buildings. “We have a leadership role to play, and are setting the example for public and private industry alike,” said GSA Regional Administrator Ruth Cox. "This is our duty to the taxpayers, their children and future generations.” PHOTO CREDIT: Provided by GSA