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.

Kilroy Realty

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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