The Exchange on 16th at Mission Bay

The Exchange on 16th at Mission Bay

WELL Gold & LEED Platinum

Kilroy Realty Corporation earned WELL Core and Shell Certification at the Gold level for the Exchange on Sixteenth, located in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco. This is the first project in the city to achieve such certification, and only the second in California. The Exchange was the first WELL Project A SustainAble Production (ASAP) registered in August of 2014 as part of the WELL Pilot, prior to the official release of WELL v1 to the public in October 2014. Not only was this an innovative project due to being one of the first WELL projects registered in the world, it was also a four-building Core & Shell speculative office complex.

SIZE: Four building complex, 718,000 SF


MARKET SECTOR: Mixed-Use & Retail, Commercial Office, Technology/Office

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

The four-building Exchange complex is comprised of two 6-story buildings and two 12-story towers totaling 718,000 square feet. The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)’s WELL Building Standard (WELL) v1 focuses on 7 Concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. Certification advantages include improved employee retention, increased leasing rates, building value gains, and greater corporate financial value, according to IWBI.

Health-focused design at the Exchange on Sixteenth includes features such as green roofs, enhanced air quality, biophilic design, ample daylight, activated stairwells, mechanical design that emphasizes thermal comfort, low-emitting materials, and a large onsite bicycle amenity.

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The Exchange is located just off of Interstate 280 as drivers arrive in San Francisco, welcoming visitors and locals alike with its impressive presence. The office development, which is 100% leased to Dropbox, was the largest lease in San Francisco history. The Exchange features comprehensive healthy building strategies including ample daylighting, access to views, thermal comfort controls, low-emitting materials, and more. The buildings were designed to work with their surrounding environments to create buildings that are interconnected yet distinct, while utilizing materials that connect to the neighborhood’s rich history.

The Exchange provides a versatile indoor-outdoor ground level plaza with access to the terraces, pocket parks, courtyards, bike plazas and gardens. The 15,000 square feet of ground-level retail and amenities provides a neighborhood feel with local retail coffee and green drink options. Occupants can have lunch delivered to their floor or grab lunch in the lobby and take it to the park. Occupants can enjoy waterfront views or take a meeting in a private garden or on the roof. At The Exchange, occupants can work indoors or out with fully wired wifi throughout. Occupants can even ride to work and park their wheels at the lobby bike spa.

The Project Team included A SustainAble Production (ASAP) providing WELL Core & Shell Consulting & Project Management services from design through testing and certification. Rios Clementi Hale Studios designed the project, Flad Architects provided executive architecture services, Marelich created the mechanical, electrical and plumbing design, Hathaway Dinwiddie oversaw construction, and stok executed the commissioning, energy modeling and LEED Core & Shell Consulting & Project Management. ASAP taught the Project Team how WELL certification impacted each of their scopes including Design, MEP Engineering, Construction, Operations, Maintenance, Policies and LEED. ASAP worked closely with Kilroy, the Project Team and IWBI from design through certification to mutually inform the parties about WELL v1 and the nuances of Core & Shell implementation and certification.

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SOM Los Angeles Office at Wells Fargo Center

SOM Los Angeles Office at Wells Fargo Center

LEED Gold & WELL Gold

Registered for WELL certification in 2016, the SOM Los Angeles Office at the Wells Fargo Center was an early adopter of the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) WELL Building Standard (WELL) v1. In 2017, SOM completed a new office space to accommodate the growth of its Los Angeles studio. Located downtown, at the Wells Fargo Center—a complex designed by SOM and completed in 1983—the office provides a flexible workspace with room for expansion. The 16,000-square-foot office includes four conference rooms, two pantries, an architectural materials library, a model shop, critique areas for design reviews, and common spaces.

SIZE: 16,000 SF


MARKET SECTOR: Commercial Office

LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA

The interior design encourages collaboration and teamwork—qualities central to how SOM works. The existing 36th-floor space was completely renovated to create an open plan, with no private offices. In this non-hierarchical environment, sit-stand workstations for various architecture and design discipline groups are integrated with studio leadership. Pin-up walls provide areas for teams to collaborate on designs, while white surfaces and an exposed industrial ceiling contribute to an untraditional “laboratory” office environment. Technology is integrated throughout the workspace and includes virtual reality systems. In the reception area, interactive touch screens allow visitors to explore the firm’s current projects and history.

The Los Angeles office received LEED Gold for Interiors Design + Construction under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED v3. The Project has also achieved WELL Gold certification under IWBI’s WELL v1. Features that contribute to LEED & WELL Gold certifications include natural light and views, automated sit-stand desks, workstations located near filtered water sources, LED lighting, acoustic design, and indoor air quality, among other considerations. The office will be tested for WELL re-certification every three years.

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2100 Kettner

2100 Kettner

WELL Platinum

As our shared environments continue to evolve, Kilroy is actively ensuring the safety of our tenants and surrounding communities, going above and beyond to create functional and healthy spaces. Our plans include people-first solutions that support the needs of tomorrow, and our commitment to cultivating healthy and prosperous communities continues to be a catalyst for architectural innovation. At 2100 Kettner, some of these operational and design initiatives include: 

SIZE: 225,000 SF


MARKET SECTOR: Commercial Office, Mixed Use


  • Activated open stairwells to reduce elevator congestion
  • Outdoor terraces and roof deck create opportunities to collaborate while maintaining social distance
  • Touchless entry reduces surface-to-person transmission
  • Flexible floor plates allow for distanced and collaborative layouts
  • Indoor/outdoor lobby reduces opportunities for congestion
  • Low iron glass used throughout the project provides higher transparency while maintaining energy efficiency
  • Providing 30% more outside air than recommended by ASHRAE (code) to reduce airborne transmission
  • Building maintained high levels of indoor air quality protection throughout construction, and specified low-emitting materials
  • Receiving the highest level of third-party pandemic preparedness review with Underwriter’s Laboratory, which will verify that all recommended CDC and WHO measures have been successfully implemented, including onsite air/water/germ testing prior to occupancy

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