San Francisco, California - Market Square


The original building complex consisted of two buildings—one historic, facing onto Market Street, and one more contemporary, facing onto Tenth Street.  The latter is located behind the historic building, and the two buildings were originally separated by an alley.  Each of the two buildings presented a different design challenge.  The signature historic 1355 Market Street building offered considerable retail potential with lots of frontage on both Market and Ninth Streets and very large floor plans but required extensive restoration and retrofitting to make it suitable for modern tenants. Updating and integrating the smaller, contemporary building also presented unique challenges but the resulting complex offers a model for similar projects in urban areas with a mixture of historic and contemporary buildings.

San Francisco, California


Program Details

Site size
3.06 acres

Land uses
Office, retail, restaurants, parking

Historic preservation
LEED Gold certified
Resilient design


Project address
1355 Market Street and 1 Tenth Street
San Francisco, California 94104

Shorenstein Properties LLC

RMW architecture & interiors
San Francisco, California

BCV Architects
San Francisco, California

Page & Turnbull
San Francisco, California

Green Features
Market Square features a variety of green and sustainability features. These features, together with the inherent sustainability benefits involved in the restoration of an existing building and the walkable and transit-oriented location, allowed the building to be certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

• Green roof with building occupant access
• Energy management system for energy savings
• Variable frequency drives on mechanical equipment for energy savings
• Advanced lighting control system with occupancy sensors for energy savings
• LED lighting in exterior, lobbies, and tenant spaces for energy savings
• Individual metering of tenant electricity consumption
• Low-flow fixtures in restrooms for water savings
• Drought-tolerant landscaping
• LEED-compliant cleaning procedures and cleaning supplies
• Three-stream waste diversion program that includes recycling, compost, and landfill
• Electronics recycling program
• Annual waste audit to ensure effectiveness of recycling program
• Construction standards that require use of low volatile organic compound products and recycling of demolished materials
• Annual Earth Hour and Earth Day events; • Bike parking in garage
• Electric vehicle charging availability
• Energy Star training for all property managers
• Bimonthly “Green Tips” for tenants

San Francisco, California