San Francisco’s ‘greenest’ office building takes shape 

San Francisco’s greenest ever office building got a “topping-off” ceremony Wednesday morning, amid a steel beam signing by project leaders and Mayor Ed Lee.

Always quick with a light joke, Lee said he was excited about the milestone for the new building, which will serve as the new headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He saw the project’s earlier stages at his former Department of Public Works role.

“It’s one of the first times a former public works commissioner has permission to do graffiti,” Lee said.

The 13-story, 277,500-square-foot structure will serve as office space for more than 900 SFPUC employees at the corner of Polk Street and Golden Gate Avenue.

It is currently certified as a LEED Platinum project, a status gained by a point system for its sustainability features such as energy consumption that’s 55 percent less than the average building, and the use of wind turbines and solar panels to contribute to its electricity use.

The “hard construction” cost of the project is $140 million, but if design services and furniture are added into the mix, it costs a total of $205 million. Project planners had estimated a total budget at $190 million.

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