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AIASF Quarterly Home Tour: 855 Brannan Apartments (1.5 LUs)
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When: Thursday, April 5, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 855 Brannan Street
San Francisco, California  94103
United States
Contact: AIA San Francisco

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Join us for an exclusive tour of this new mixed-use development in San Francisco’s Design District. What once was the San Francisco train depot at 801 Brannan Street has been transformed into the stunning 855 Brannan apartment complex. The train depot was built in 1906 and deconstructed in 2015, leaving behind beautiful old-growth structural Douglas Fir architectural timbers, which was salvaged and restored lending a sense of warmth and character to the extensive amenity spaces. 

The 855 Brannan project brings 434 apartments and 15 commercial flex lofts to the developing neighborhood. Designed by David Baker Architects and developed by Equity Residential, the sustainable community is centered on a large courtyard with a serene redwood grove at its heart. Two landscaped public mid-block passages break up the large scale and create connections, while a transformed pedestrian frontage along Brannan Street offers widened sidewalks, mature palm trees, and 16,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail. Along Brannan Street, facades clad with weathering and galvanized steel reference the industrial history of the area.


  • 6:00 PM Check-in/light reception
  • 6:30 - 8:00 PM Talk/Tour


Chelsea Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, is an Architect and Associate at David Baker Architects, a progressive design and planning firm based in San Francisco, not far from 855 Brannan. Along with Won Young Kim, Associate at David Baker Architects, Chelsea led the design of 855 Brannan, a modern mixed-use development bringing more than 400 new homes with community and neighborhood amenities to San Francisco’s developing Design District. Chelsea is a UC Berkeley graduate and an Oakland native raised in the Pacific Northwest, and she has developed a particularly strong interest in the intersection of urban architecture and the natural world, including green site design and the opportunities for the creative expression of sustainable strategies in design. She is currently leading community engagement efforts for new family housing in Hunters View .


Mike Bilinski provides Preconstruction / Design Assist services for Mission Bell clients. His early involvement with the 855 Brannan Project includes recommending which material from the San Francisco Train Depot should be salvaged as well as assisting David Baker Architects and Balfour Beatty Construction with integrating it back into the new apartment building as architectural millwork. Mike’s enthusiasm for San Francisco history and extensive experience in millwork manufacturing makes him a tremendous asset for complex projects.  Mission Bell is one of the largest custom millwork manufacturing firms in the nation. They recently added a third shift to their manufacturing in the South Bay, enabling them to efficiently respond to the tremendous demand of the Bay Area construction market.



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  • $15 AIASF Member
  • $20 General Admission
  • $5 AIASF Student Member

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