Potrero Power Station
San Francisco, CA
The mothballed Potrero Power Station once generated one-third of San Francisco’s power and delivered it to residents across the city, but it also generated a significant amount of pollution, especially for downwind communities. Many neighbors worked hard to have the Power Station moved out of the city, with the hopes that this waterfront site could one day be stitched back into the neighborhood.
Perkins+Will was selected as master planners for this site because of our experience ushering in other visionary projects that are taking shape on San Francisco’s waterfront, our knowledge of and ability to work collaboratively with the City and the community, and our thought leadership and innovation in resilient, waterfront design.
The development will bring 2,600 new residential units, organized into multiple buildings and offered at various levels of affordability. The plan includes over 6 acres of parks, and many public streets and paths through the site. Existing industrial structures will be adapted into uses that provide public access and excitement, including the conversion of the 130’ steel Unit 3 Power Station into a boutique hotel, right at the water’s edge.
Additional uses include 600,000 square feet of office and 600,000 square feet of research and development space. Along its ground floors, the site is pioneering innovative zoning that allows for more creativity in the way retail can mix with other uses, inviting a creative mix of artists, makers, and entrepreneurs to activate the site in new and dynamic ways.