One Rincon Hill Phase I
San Francisco, CA
New FARS Code Prompts Retrofit Designs

65-story Residential Tower

One Rincon Hill is one of three major residential high-rise buildings recently completed in San Francisco, and the city’s tallest residential tower. Along with The Infinity and Millennium Tower, One Rincon Hill is at the center of the redevelopment of two neighborhoods south of Market Street – Rincon Hill and the Transbay Terminal. Bovis Lend Lease was the builder, with a design by Chicago’s Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates. The cost of the entire project was estimated at $270 million.


Construction began on Rincon Hill in 2008 just as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved amending the city’s building code to require a firefighter air replenishment system in high-rise buildings. Unfamiliar with the new code requirement and the product itself, construction progressed past the point of optimal involvement of RescueAir and its design/build team. The builder was now faced with a daunting timeline, a new code requirement, and no go-to sub-contractor.


RescueAir came on board late in the project and was able to retrofit designs to work within the semi-completed building. We also met an extremely accelerated schedule – designing, building and installing the system with no negative impact on the builder’s timeline. Bovis came to us to get the job done right and on budget, and we delivered.


The entire project was finished on-time and is a new landmark on the city’s skyline. More than 303 of the 390 homes were sold prior to the development’s completion. Only a handful remained unsold as the building opened. Units range from $600,000 to $1.2 million. The 14 town homes around the south tower podium start at $1.4 million. The project houses more than 20,000 residents. One Rincon Phase II, the second tower of the project, is nearly complete with occupancy scheduled for August 2014. Rincon II is 52 stories high and includes 299 residential units.