181 Fremont

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181 Fremont
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181 Fremont is located in San Francisco
181 Fremont
Location within San Francisco
181 Fremont is located in California
181 Fremont
181 Fremont (California)
181 Fremont is located in the US
181 Fremont
181 Fremont (the US)
Alternative names 181 Fremont Street
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Residential condominiums
Architectural style Modernism
Location 181 Fremont Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′23″N 122°23′43″W / 37.78970°N 122.39535°W / 37.78970; -122.39535Coordinates: 37°47′23″N 122°23′43″W / 37.78970°N 122.39535°W / 37.78970; -122.39535
Construction started 2013
Completed May 2018[1]
Cost US$500 million
Antenna spire 802.5 ft (244.6 m)
Roof 700 ft (210 m)
Top floor 673 ft (205 m)
Technical details
Floor count 56
Floor area 684,000 sq ft (63,500 m2)
Lifts/elevators 17
Design and construction
Architect Heller Manus Architects
Developer Jay Paul Company/ Grusd Investments, LLC
Structural engineer Arup
Main contractor Level 10 Construction
Other information
Number of units 67

181 Fremont is an 802-foot (244 m) mixed-use skyscraper in the South of Market District of San Francisco, California. The building, designed by Heller Manus Architects, is located adjacent to the Transbay Transit Center and 199 Fremont Street developments. The entire office portion of the building has been rented by Facebook to house its San Francisco office[9] and Instagram division.[10]


The slender mixed-use tower, developed initially by SKS Investments, rises 700 ft (210 m) to the roof with 55 floors of offices and residential condominiums. A parapet/mechanical screen reaches to 745 ft (227 m), and a spire brings the total height to 802.5 ft (244.6 m).

The tower will contain 432,000 sq ft (40,100 m2) of office space on the lower 34 floors (from 3 to 36), and 67 condominiums on the upper 16 floors (from 39 to 55). The 39th floor will contain residential amenities and a two-story open air terrace. Mechanical spaces would be on floors 2 and 38. The building will have a direct connection to the rooftop park atop the adjacent Transbay Transit Center from the 7th floor.[11][12]

Upon completion, the tower was the tallest mixed-use building in San Francisco, surpassing the nearby Millennium Tower, and the 2nd-tallest in the Western United States.[13] It was also the third tallest building in the city after the Transamerica Pyramid and the Salesforce Tower. 181 Fremont joins several other buildings designed to catalyze the San Francisco Transbay development area.


In 2007, SKS originally proposed 181 Fremont Street as a 66 floor, 900-foot (274 m) tall mixed-use skyscraper, with 140 residential units and 500,000 square feet (46,452 m2) of office space.[14] However, the developers reduced the height of the project to comply with the parcel's 700-foot (213 m) height limit, as detailed in the Transbay Center District Plan approved in 2012.[15] Still, this height limit is twice as high as the previous restriction.[16] The tower's design was approved in December 2012, and the development site was subsequently put on the market by SKS Investments.[17]

On March 29, 2013, Jay Paul Company announced that it acquired the development from SKS Investments and planned "to immediately commence construction" with completion expected in the second quarter of 2015.[18] According to Bloomberg, the building will cost US$375 million to construct, including land acquisition costs.[6] Demolition of the existing structures began in August 2013, with tower construction expected to begin in November.[19] Official groundbreaking ceremonies took place on November 12, 2013, and the luxury residences were officially named Park 181.[8] The name was later changed to simply 181 Fremont Residences.[20] Jay Paul Company announced that the building would cost US$500 million to construct and is scheduled to open in early 2017.[8] On September 20, 2017, it was reported that Facebook would lease the entire office portion of the building to form a new San Francisco office.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dineen, J.K. (May 11, 2018). "Skyscraper at 181 Fremont St. in SF offers luxury condominiums". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ "181 Fremont". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  3. ^ 181 Fremont at Emporis
  4. ^ "181 Fremont". SkyscraperPage. 
  5. ^ "Executive Summary Section 309 Determination of Compliance" (PDF). S.F. Planning Department. December 6, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Levy, Dan (March 29, 2013). "San Francisco Tower in Tech District Said to Cost $375 Million". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "181 Fremont brochure" (PDF). Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Jay Paul Company Breaks Ground for 181 Fremont, a Skyline Defining High Rise in San Francisco's New Transbay Neighborhood". BusinessWire. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Li, Roland (2017-09-20). "Facebook arrives in San Francisco with city's largest office lease in three years". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  10. ^ Adam Brinklow (May 14, 2018). "Facebook eyeing entire Park Tower high-rise". Curbed SF. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Latest SF Skyscraper Scoop: 181 Fremont Redesigned And Rendered". SocketSite. November 30, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "San Francisco Planning Department - 181 Fremont Street". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  13. ^ "List of Tallest Mixed-Use Buidings in the US". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  14. ^ Dineen, J.K. (September 3, 2007). "Another tower added to Transbay". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Mayor Lee Signs San Francisco Transit Center District Plan". City and County of San Francisco, Office of the Mayor. August 8, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ Robert Selna; John King (1 May 2008). "Transbay plan would sprout new S.F. skyline". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  17. ^ Dineen, J.K. (January 15, 2013). "Transbay site could fetch $75 million". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Jay Paul Company Acquires San Francisco Transbay Development Site". Press Release via The Registry. March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  19. ^ Dineen, J.K. (August 28, 2013). "Jay Paul Co. starts clearing site for 800-foot Transbay District tower". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Jay Paul Company Announces Commencement Of Above Ground Construction At 181 Fremont" (Press release). The Registry. July 20, 2015. 

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