City officially breaks ground at UN Plaza 

The City broke ground Thursday on the long awaited renovation of the historic 50 United Nations Plaza Federal Building, which will be upgraded using green building standards. The 80-year-old building is being renovated with $122 million in federal stimulus funding.

“The seismic renovation and transformation of this historic federal building into a sustainable, energy efficient new landmark is another major step towards the revitalization of UN Plaza and the Central Market neighborhood,” Mayor Gavin Newsom said. “San Francisco is the birthplace of the United Nations, and this important federal stimulus project will create 1,300 new jobs and catalyze new economic and cultural activity in historic UN Plaza.”

The building is on the National Register of Historic Buildings and was designed by architect Arthur Brown Jr., same architect who designed City Hall and other Civic Center monumental buildings, according to the General Services Administration. Significant upgrades will address seismic, security, life safety and accessibility concerns.

Renovations also include new mechanical, electrical, lighting, and plumbing systems; environmental remediation; roof replacement and refurbishment of existing historic wood windows; restoration of the historically significant interiors; central courtyard as well as redesign of office interiors to create a modern office environment.

The 50 UN Plaza project is expected to generate approximately 1,300 jobs during its lifetime with over 24 various companies and firms working on this project, officials said.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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