Built in 1896 entirely over piers, the monumental Beaux Arts Ferry Building, designed by A. Page Brown, is a San Francisco landmark. Rutherford + Chekene renovated and retrofitted the building. Project complexities included converting a dark building with a Hodgepodge of past renovation elements into an illuminated space for high-end, visitor-friendly retail and Class A offices. The team’s solution demolished the mezzanine and opened the 600-foot-long central nave to allow natural lighting to illuminate the building’s historic grandeur.
The work included preserving the building’s historic façade during extensive demolition work. R+C advised the architect on demolition options, reviewed contractor plans, detailed support systems to preserve structural and historic components, and worked with various building materials that include structural concrete, masonry and wood.The project also expanded the East Promenade located on the deck behind the building to provide enhanced public access to the bay and ferry terminal. The result is a much-loved and multifunctional tourist and local destination.
With more than 25 years of experience in structural engineering, Alan’s portfolio includes a wide range of project types, including historic retrofits and renovations of landmark buildings throughout the Bay Area. Alan managed the complex renovation of the Ferry Building and continues to work on tenant improvement projects throughout the Ferry Building.
“Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.” –Ferry Building Client