Transamerica Pyramid

About This Project

Architect: Huntsman

Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie

Cost: $30,500,000

About the Project:

Encompassing an entire city block in San Francisco’s Financial District, the Transamerica Pyramid Center is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the San Francisco skyline. Designed by famed architect William Pereira and completed in 1972, the Transamerica Pyramid stands at over 850 feet, making it the second tallest building in San Francisco.

The redevelopment this iconic property will feature an open floor concept in the lobby; revitalization of the plaza, redwood park, and Mark Twain alley; infrastructure upgrades; and new on-site amenities including a fitness center, lounge, restaurant, meeting rooms, and sky bar. The project also upgrades the adjacent Transamerica properties off Sansome St. to a retail-office space and contemporary high-design office building.

Initially, Nova was retained to manage the structural strengthening of levels 45 to 49 and the spire. To achieve this Nova coordinated design teams to establish the scope of the project which included column/beam connections at each floor, additional cross braces in the spire, installation of maintenance platforms, and waterproofing of all new and existing steel. In addition, Nova developed communication channels with the general contractor to build a schedule and phasing plan in line with the design for this logistically challenging job with little material laydown area. Nova also spearheaded the permit approval process, diligently working with SFDBI to achieve these improvements while respecting the historic and landmark status of the building.

Our expertise and strong rapport with stakeholders garnered our inclusion on the entire Transamerica Project, providing project management services to include: coordinating design teams and consultants, scope development, evaluating bids and value engineering, management of project schedules and budgets, and closeout / turnover.

Corporate, San Francisco, Specialty