San Francisco Federal Building, San Francisco

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The San Francisco Federal Building is an 18-story, 71.3 m (234 ft) building at 90 7th Street on the corner of Mission and 7th streets in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The building was designed by the Morphosis architectural firm, as a supplement to the Phillip Burton Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Avenue. Thom Mayne of Morphosis designed the building using a juxtaposition of gray concrete walls, perforated metal panels, and custom, faceted wood ceilings. The building was expected to be completed in 2005, but construction issues and delays pushed the project completion to 2007.


The building was designed to be a 'green' building consuming less than half the power of a standard office tower—an indication of how building design can help slash emissions of greenhouse gases. Utilizing natural light to illuminate 80% of the building helped it achieve worldwide recognition as the first Federal Building to be certified under the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. Additionally, it was the first naturally ventilated office building on the west coast since the advent of air conditioning.
The building features some elevators which stop on every third floor to promote employee interaction and health. Users of the building exit the elevators and walk either up or down one floor via stairs. There are, however, also elevators which stop on every floor for users unable or unwilling to negotiate stairs.
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  • This is truly an awesome lookin Federal Building. Most tourists and locals probably don't know that it's open to the public. It's unusual design makes it fun to look at. On the 11th floor you'll...  more »
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  • I lucked out as the security guard was very helpful directing me to the wayside office where I had an appointment. The security check and general layout seemed pretty organized and was rather empty at eight in the morning. Located right next to the Civic Center, there are not only a variety of public buildings and museums close by, there are also several eateries that I'd like to try if I come again. But let's hope I don't have to.
  • Love my maps.. Would be lost without it. Very observant place. They check you out. I like that....Makes you feel safe.

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