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November 19, 2013
Bisnow Scoop: Lyft Rolls Into 60k SF in the Mission
Lyft will park its new HQ at 2300 Harrison, according to sources close to the deal. It's unclear when Lyft will move, but unlike your friends, we suspect the popular car-sharing service won't need to borrow your SUV to do it.
Lyft recently scooped up some SoMa swing space while searching for a more permanent home. The new space's rep (CAC Group's Bruce Wilson) had no comment. The 70k SF building features a roof deck with city views and exposed, high ceilings. No word on whether a gigantic pink mustache will cover the facade. Lyft, which has raised $83M, launched in summer 2012 and has already grown to more than 175 employees.
Retail Pros Head to Nikko
'Tis the season to think about shopping, and retail brokers and investors gathered at Hotel Nikko this morning for Bisnow's second annual San Francisco Retail Real Estate Summit, just steps away from the bustling Union Square corridor. (Many showed support for their coffee shop of choice by sipping on signature red holiday cups.) Panelists tackled retail topics like online shopping, hot neighborhoods, and shopping center activity. Look for our event coverage in tomorrow's issue.
Lessons from Africa
Volunteers at Mazzetti started rebuilding healthcare facilities in Haiti nearly four years ago, and a cholera treatment center is underway. "We don't want to just fly in with our cape and say we will build you a facility then fly out," says Mazzetti's Arash Guity. Arash just got back from Liberia, where he's helping compile a national set of health infrastructure standards. Mazzetti's first project in Africa, a pediatric hospital, is about to start construction. It's working on five new facilities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Arash, Mazzetti's chief sustainability engineer, says water and energy account for just 5% of a US facility's operating budget; in Africa, they can be 70%. That means being more efficient with resources in Africa is "a necessity," not a luxury. Here, construction workers make building blocks from scratch onsite with a mixture of cement, sand, and water (no fancy equipment needed). Arash thinks that US projects can benefit from such simple design principles and reverse innovation. He'll head to Malawi in mid-December to mentor Engineers Without Borders' Cal Poly chapter. (That means Christmas in Africa and New Year's in an airport.)
Welcome to Miami
A slice of South Beach now sits atop 220 Sansome. Hip ad agency Muhtayzik Hoffer inked a 7,000 SF, five-year deal to take the top two floors of the 16-story Financial District building (see, not all the cool kids are in SoMa). The creative shop left the Embarcadero on Front Street in search of more square footage, says Cushman's David Duble, who reps 220's landlord. The space had been gutted and used as a staging area for building work. Gensler gave it a stark white industrial finish with hot pink-on-black accents and loads of natural light, reminiscent of a Miami photography studio. (Will LeBron James follow?)
A glitch in the BART labor agreement over family medical leave may cause BART to vote it down. That means BART may go on strike again--and possibly over the holidays. Do you think we'll see another strike before year's end? Let us know by clicking the survey to the right, and tell us how you or your buildings could be affected.