California Street Plazas
San Francisco, California
Until 1995, three California Street Plazas fronting office buildings were vacant and unsightly, the result of a catalogue of 1960s design errors. The original designs were so confusing that visitors could not find entrances.
Renovation designs by Ken Kay Associates for the Shorenstein Company have transformed One California Plaza, 50 California Street, and 555 California (the landmark Bank of America Building) into vibrant urban places. The redesigns added handsome stonework, fragrant gardens, public art, new seating, and coffee kiosks that attract people to visit and linger. The bright new image presented by these landscapes has boosted property values and leasing rates. The three renovated plazas took six years to complete and cost $8 million.