116 New Montgomery Street / The Rialto
A survivor of the 1906 earthquake and fire, the Rialto Building is one of the earliest examples of a large floor-plate office building in San Francisco. The current building owner’s goal of repositioning this historic landmark consisted of restoring notable features while adding modern elements and upgrading to current building code. Ultimately these improvements were aimed to increase the Rialto’s appeal to a wider range of commercial tenants. Original architectural components in the main lobby were restored including a bronze staircase, ornate metal elevator doors, painted panel ceiling, and marble flooring. A new tenant floor lobby and corridor were enhanced with new finishes. Close attention was paid to the staircase which was made code-compliant and visually non-intrusive glass enclosure. In addition, lighting improvements were made throughout the main lobby and tenant lobbies and have led to significant reductions in overall energy consumption and increases in operational efficiency. In May 2010, the Rialto earned the EPA’s ENERGYSTAR rating by performing in the top 93rd percentile of buildings nationwide.
Client Bomel Companies
Location San Francisco, CA
Scope Historic Building Renovation
Size 140,000 square feet
Credits photography courtesy of RN Field