AV8 Upholds History

We are excited to see one of our San Diego projects emerge in the midst of the vibrant Little Italy. AV8, a mixed-use project, sits on a 30,000 sf. site on the east side of Kettner between Hawthorn and Ivy Streets, with easy access to the waterfront, shops and neighborhood restaurants. The design of the 6-story building was guided by the fine grain character of Little Italy’s shops and the larger scale of the many industrial and commercial services along Kettner.

Rendering by Tannerhecht Architecture

The focal point of the Kettner elevation and the Residential entrance to the project is the restored façade of the vintage 1928 John O’Day commercial building at 2119 Kettner Blvd. The program consists of 130 Rental Residential units with a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments in a variety of floor plans, as well as ground level retail/ restaurant space of approximately 9,200 square feet with high ceilings. Some of the amenities throughout the project include private outdoor balcony or garden space for 95% of the units; 6th level common area Terrace and Community Room, Fitness center, Barbecue grills and outdoor seating, Bicycle Garage, 166 car parking garage, Pet Maintenance Room, Street Level Reception and Concierge. Project completion is scheduled for Summer 2017. Check CityMark’s page for more information:


Holiday celebration

Our holiday gathering in our San Francisco office had a great turn out last Thursday. We enjoyed sharing some good cheer, great street tacos, and neighborhood treats, including the famous Liguria Bakery’s focaccia and XOX chocolate truffles around the corner on Columbus Avenue. Here are some pictures from the event:

We wish everyone a warm holiday season!

The Speakeasy 1923 is open!

The Speakeasy Theatre project was a great collaborative effort with the non-profit Boxcar Theatre, Building Owners Cypress Properties, Hilbers Construction and consultants – Forell|Elsesser Structural Engineers, MHC Engineers, and Acoustic Arts and Engineering.

The former single screen (478-seat) movie theater located in a basement at the juncture of San Francisco’s Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods, was divided into various rooms, including the Piano Bar, Casino, and Cabaret, in order to accommodate the new program developed by Nick Olivero, Boxcar’s Creative Director. Extensive 1920’s period detail by the theatre scenery crew immerses one in an authentic speakeasy experience, complete with exquisite cocktails, a live band accompanied by chorus girls, and a talented cast of actors.

Below are some images of the ribbon cutting ceremony that took place on November 18th. THA team in attendance are Principal-in-Charge David Hecht, Project Manager Carla Dal Mas, and Junior Designer Stephanie Maloney.

Park(ing) Day on Powell

TANNERHECHT’s first Park(ing) Day was a huge success!

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to sit, lie, climb, jump, enjoy and experience our temporary parklet on Powell Street.

Park(ing) Day, originally dreamed up in 2005 by the Rebar Group right here in San Francisco, is an international event that happens every third Friday of September. Members of the community take over a parking spot for the day (or as long as the meter maid /guerrilla takeover lasts) and create a public space for the community to enjoy.

At 1831 Powell Street, over 1200 two-foot long cardboard tubes and nearly 4,000 paper binder clips were combined to create a structurally sound, rolling landscape that morphed into seats, benches, hills and valleys, perfect for catching some sun, a conversation or even perfecting your somersaulting skills.

We had a great time making this installation and found out some interesting facts along the way. For example, did you know San Francisco has 441,950 publicly accessible parking spaces and (in 2015) only 51 permanent parklets? Something to think about!

Thanks again and we’ll keep you posted about our plans for Park(ing) Day 2017.

644 Broadway Certified LEED Gold


Our 644 Broadway renovation project was recently certified LEED Gold-CS for Core & Shell projects from the United State Green Building Council (USGBC). It was an adventurous path to Gold with our visionary clients at Cypress Properties Group, engineering consultants MHC Engineers, CCI General Contractors, and Urban Fabrick, our green building consultant. We thank everyone on the team for their dedication and determination to achieve this admirable environmental goal.

About 644 Broadway:

644 Broadway is part of a vibrant mixed-use renovation project located at the juncture of San Francisco’s Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods. 644 Broadway is an existing four-story, 42,000 square feet mixed-use building that formerly housed the Gold Mountain Dim Sum Restaurant, a subterranean 437 seat movie theater, and offices. The adjacent 660 Broadway is a former pet store with residential units above. Both buildings have been extensively altered and combined to house an eclectic mix of creative tenants including China Live, a destination Chinese food emporium with restaurants and lounges, Boxcar Theatre company, an immersive live cabaret theater experience, Disher Sound Studios, FilmHouse X, and the San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker-in-Residence program.

TANNERHECHT provided full architectural services to upgrade the core and shell of both buildings, which included new communicating openings at the ground floor, new restrooms and corridors on the upper floors, new air conditioning and lighting systems throughout as well as exit stair upgrades and a new entry on Broadway. In addition TANNERHECHT provided tenant improvement design services for the San Francisco Film Society, Disher Sound Studios, and the Boxcar Theatre Company.

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