One of the crown jewels of San Francisco's building boom, the new Chase Center, opened in September 2019 on an 11-acre site in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood—just in time for the October 24th season home opener of the Golden State Warriors basketball team.
The $1.4 billion mixed-use development includes an 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena, two office buildings, 100,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and 3.2 acres of public plazas and open space. The project was privately financed by the Warriors' ownership, and according to the team is the only privately financed arena or stadium project built on private property in the modern era of sports.
Mortenson/Clark , a joint venture between Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group and Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction, built the Chase Center. MANICA Architecture , a boutique firm in Kansas City, Mo., specializing in the design of international sports and entertainment venues, designed the new arena.
“The new Warriors sports and entertainment center is going to activate Mission Bay in new ways and create a 21st century fan experience and a premier entertainment experience for concert and convention-goers," said Peter Guber, co-executive chairman of the Warriors organization. “It will serve as a 'digital' meeting place, with state-of-the-art amenities, unbelievable sight-lines, and new views of the Bay."
The Chase Center project spans more than 2 million square feet spread across five structures. The main plaza video board on the exterior of Chase Center is 2,500 square feet wide —approximately half the size of an NBA basketball court.
Chase Center features the NBA's largest scoreboard, with over 9,500 square feet of LED screen space, developed by Samsung. The scoreboard fully retracts into the ceiling for storage during non-sporting events. Let the games begin!
The September 6 opening debut of the center featured a concert by Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony. The Warriors played their first game in Chase Center on October 5th in a preseason match against the Los Angeles Lakers. The new arena is expected to host more than 200 events per year, including Golden State Warriors games, concerts, and cultural events. JP Morgan Chase bought the naming rights for the building for 20 years.
The surrounding development around Chase Center, dubbed "Thrive City," includes office and retail development and space for year-round health and wellness activities, such as Get Fit clinics, yoga sessions, farmer's markets, and even ice skating.
Plans are also in the works for a new 5.5-acre waterfront park across Terry Francois Boulevard from the arena. The park will feature water-oriented activities and large lawn areas designed to accommodate a variety of recreational uses.
As part of the arena complex development, local firms AE3 Partners and Pfau Long Architects designed two new office buildings on the site. The 11-story office towers include more than 550,000 square feet of space, with the first two floors dedicated to restaurant and retail use. The buildings are steel-framed with a concrete shear core, and provide configuration flexibility to accommodate high-tech tenants. Both structures were designed to achieve LEED Gold certification , a benchmark for the development and operation of green buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The arena, like the office buildings, was designed for LEED Gold Certification. Interior finishes in the building, for example, were chosen to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the arena, which means better indoor air quality. The exterior of Chase Center uses a light-colored roofing material with a high solar reflectance index in order to create an eco-friendly heat island effect that reflects sunlight and prevents heat absorption.
Three levels of below-grade parking under Chase Center can accommodate 950 cars. In order to help reduce auto emissions and personal vehicle usage, the site also connects with public transportation options. Plans are in the works to add bus stops, shuttles, and an extension of the Muni system, which will connect to both the BART subway system and Caltrain. Preferred on-site parking is available for carpool vehicles, and the parking garage includes electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The site will also offer a variety of bicycle storage options, including an indoor bike valet for up to 300 bicycles and a corral for 100 additional bikes that will be open during events.
The Warriors have also proposed plans to build a new Starwood Hotel property attached to Chase Center with 142 rooms and 25 luxury condominiums. Current plans call for construction to start in 2021, with completion by 2023. Additionally, Marriott is currently building a 250-room hotel near the arena at the intersection of Channel and 3rd Streets. CONTRIBUTED BYGREG SANDLER PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 23, 2019 CATEGORY DESIGN
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SACRAMENTO — Cities and counties in Southern California will have to plan for the construction of 1.3 million new homes in the next decade, a figure more than three times what local governments had proposed over the same period, according to a letter released by state housing officials Thursday.
The decision is sure to intensify a clash between cities in the region and Gov. Gavin Newsom over the need for new construction to alleviate the state’s housing crisis. Newsom and allies in the Legislature have called for 3.5 million new homes to be built statewide by 2025 in an effort to end a shortage of available homes that is driving up prices. Local government officials, including many in the Los Angeles area, have been frustrated by the state’s efforts to push for greater growth in their communities and to take away some of their control over development.“The governor has said California must use every tool in its toolbox to combat the state’s housing affordability crisis,” Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said in a statement. “This is part of that approach.” The figure cited by Newsom was governed by a 50-year-old state law that every eight years requires cities and counties to plan for enough growth in their communities to meet projected population increases and account for other factors, such as overcrowding, that indicate a need for more development. The law doesn’t require local governments to build or approve new housing, instead mandating that they must zone sufficient land to meet the state’s housing projections. Though the law has been criticized as toothless because it does not ensure the construction of planned housing, it could push cities to zone for more growth than they’d like.Earlier this summer, the Southern California Assn. of Governments, a public agency representing 19 million residents in Los Angeles County and five neighboring counties, proposed zoning for 430,000 new homes through 2029. Local government officials on the agency’s board lambasted the state for pushing policies that would diminish their power, including a now-stalled bill that would have required cities to allow greater development in many neighborhoods zoned only for single-family homes and those near transit lines. They worried that a large allocation from the state would provide momentum for those policies.
“If the numbers are artificially inflated and not real,” Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean told The Times in June, “that could give the state justification for doing what they’re trying to do in eroding local control.” The agency is considering how to divide up the now-1.3 million growth figure among the cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has pointed to relatively strong housing production in his city compared to neighboring communities and has advocated for other areas in the region to accept more development.
He said he was pleased by the state’s decision Thursday. “Our housing affordability crisis demands that every city step up and say yes to more housing,” Garcetti said in a statement. “I applaud the state for taking bold action by proposing a target that not only plans for future growth but addresses the accumulated housing need across the region. I encourage my colleagues in other cities to support this ambitious goal.” While the number is much higher than what the regional agency initially proposed, it’s unclear whether it will be enough to make significant progress toward the governor’s homebuilding goals or to address the region’s broader shortage of available homes, said Paavo Monkkonen, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at UCLA who has tracked the housing supply discussions.
The agency should push most of the new housing toward cities where the demand is highest, such as communities in Westside Los Angeles and similar areas with strong job growth, he said. That’s especially important given recent efforts to increase penalties on local governments for not complying with the law, Monkkonen added.
“If the city of Coachella is getting a huge number and then it’s getting punished for not producing, it would be a travesty of planning,” he said.
The law also projects housing needs by income level. Under the figure released Thursday, more than 40% of the 1.3 million new homes should go to lower-income residents, which will require local governments to set aside land for apartment complexes and other higher-density construction to accommodate subsidized affordable housing.
The agency is expected to discuss the overall housing figure at its next meeting in September.
The state Department of Housing and Community Development also confirmed its housing supply figure for the Sacramento area on Thursday. That region will have to plan for 154,000 new homes through 2029.
Local government officials have been frustrated by the state’s efforts to push for greater growth.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
By LIAM DILLONSTAFF WRITER AUG. 22, 2019 6:46 PM
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