Revitalizing 450 Toland: A Sustainable Urban Hub

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Project information

General Contractor: Pankow Builders
Construction Management: Oryx Partners
Structural Engineers: Buehler Engineering and RCG

Civil Engineer: Kier & Wright
MEP (Schematic): Maintenance Design
MEP (D/B Engineer): Bay City Mechanical
MEP (D/B Engineer): Contra Costa Electric
MEP (D/B Engineer): H&M Fire Protection
MEP (D/B Engineer): Liquidyne

Landscape Architect: Quinn Landscape Architecture
Photographer: Patrik Argast

A Remarkable Adaptive Reuse Project

Central Shops, a project that signifies innovation and sustainability, has set new standards in the world of adaptive reuse. This project involved transforming a 42,984 square foot industrial space building, known as 450 Toland Street, into a modern hub for the repair and maintenance of City-owned vehicles.

A Sustainable Revamp by William Duff Architects

William Duff Architects (WDA) played a pivotal role in this remarkable transformation. This San Francisco-based architectural firm spearheaded the project, turning what was once a food storage and distribution facility into a state-of-the-art repair shop. WDA’s vision and expertise were instrumental in creating a space that now services over 70 City Departments, managing a municipal fleet of over 6,000 vehicles and approximately 34,000 work orders annually.

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Collaborative Efforts and Sustainability Achievements

The success of the Central Shops project can be attributed to the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders. From the client and the private building owner to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, everyone came together to achieve this incredible transformation. The result was a comprehensive overhaul of the building, which included improvements to its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, structural reinforcement, and accessibility upgrades to ensure compliance with regulations. Notably, the project has achieved LEED-Gold certification, underscoring its commitment to sustainability.

Awards and Recognitions

The Central Shops project has not gone unnoticed in the industry, earning accolades such as the International Partnering Institute Award at the Sapphire Level for Buildings/Public Infrastructure in the range of $25 million to $250 million in 2019. Additionally, the City of San Francisco Partnering Award recognized it with a Gold Best in Class distinction in the same year.

In conclusion, the Central Shops project at 450 Toland Street stands as a testament to the power of adaptive reuse and sustainable design. The collaborative efforts of various stakeholders, coupled with the expertise of William Duff Architects, have transformed this industrial space into a modern, eco-friendly hub for City-owned vehicles, setting a new standard for future projects in its class.

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