Gallery: SAN FRANCISCO’S CIVIC TOWER: Greenest Of Them All


Recently, we’ve been seeing scads of new projects that make big claims about their sustainable features. Some projects feature elaborate photovoltaic systems, a few wind turbines, or recycled material, while others promise to save water as much as possible. All in all, the competition to become THE sustainable building project is heating up, and now, the City of San Francisco is putting its foot down and letting everyone know that their new Civic Administration Tower, designed by KMD Architects in collaboration with Timmons Design Engineers, will be the greenest of them all.

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  1. Jorge May 11, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Funny that you should mention CH2, we did a feature on it a little while ago, and I agree it’s one of the best buildings in my opinion. See:

  2. GhoulMan May 11, 2007 at 9:06 am

    This building seems like its adopting all the right ideas even if there is potential for more. Im from Australia, we have the greenstar rating system over here, similar to LEED. We have a pretty good example of a ‘green’ building called CH2 Melbourne or Council House 2. You should check it out, I think its taking lots of steps in the right direction.


  3. Jennifer April 26, 2007 at 12:32 am

    Sounds like they are using greywater Kyle. It may not be as green as possible but a great start. Maybe they could grow food in the greenhouses.

  4. kyle April 25, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    i don’t see how this goes far enough to meet what the city proclaims. how about on-site power generation? how about on-site water treatment, and greywater re-use. passive ventilation strategies could be huge in a building like this – operable windows etc. cool looking building though!!

  5. Architect Leo Mac Ender April 24, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    Wind Turbines along parts of the building, Can´t see it, where is it ?
    Show us, please…

  6. betty76 April 24, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Good point, Richie. What’s the priority? The greenest building ever? Or creating an inviting and comfortable environment for occupants?

  7. Richie April 24, 2007 at 10:10 am

    It seems petty cool. It would be nicer if occupants could open the windows though ? It only seems to be 14 stories tall. So why not design in windows that can open, or at least partially open ? Isn’t the ‘greenest’ of all ‘green’ elements fresh air ?

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