One of the world’s most iconic cities, San Francisco sits on a peninsula bounded by San Francisco Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the dramatic Golden Gate that connects the two. The progressive city stands at the forefront of sustainable land use, design and development. Design and construction also must always take into account seismic considerations posed by the nearby San Andreas and Hayward faults.
Many of Arup’s early projects in the region were in the healthcare and performing arts sectors. Examples of our work in these sectors include the Laguna Honda Hospital, Kaiser Template Hospitals, and the Tempe Center for the Arts. The San Francisco office also hosts the firm’s revolutionary SoundLab, a controlled auralization environment that allows clients to experience and compare the acoustic performance of various design options.
Recently, the firm has led the way in sustainable design, planning, and consulting and the San Francisco office's projects reflect this cutting-edge work. When the platinum LEED®-rated California Academy of Sciences opened in 2008 to universal acclaim, it cemented Arup’s reputation in the area of green building design. Other significant regional projects include the Doyle Drive Replacement Project, the Robert I. Schroder Pedestrian Bridge, Stanford's Y2E2 building, and the sustainable Treasure Island redevelopment.