116 New Montgomery Street / The Rialto
Historic Building Renovation, Tenant Development Planning and Design
San Francisco, CA
140,000 square feet
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 the Western U.S.. The owner sought to reposition this landmark property to attract technology and creative tenants, while celebrating its historic features. The solution consists of the careful restoration of notable features while sensitively adding modern upgrades to meet current building codes and user needs.
Original architectural components in the main lobby were restored including a bronze staircase, ornate metal elevator doors, painted panel ceiling, and marble flooring. On upper floors, new elevator lobbies and corridors transition to a more modern aesthetic in tenant spaces. A decorative staircase was made code-compliant using an unobtrusive glass enclosure. Lighting and systems improvements throughout led to significant reductions in energy consumption, ultimately earning the building an EPA ENERGYSTAR rating.