Potrero Hill Innovation Center

A 21st century light manufacturing building for the emerging economies of San Francisco.

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In San Francisco, industrial buildings have uniquely evolved as civic places, sites for innovation, and social condensers. This project embraces its light industrial lineage while celebrating the diverse energies and communities of Potrero Hill. El Dorado worked during schematic design to massage the massing of the building to adhere to San Francisco’s strenuous zoning ordinances. The design pays careful attention to required setbacks, height limits and FAR restrictions without allowing them to dictate a generic building form. Sawtooth forms along the east and west facades follow the guidelines of the City's unique bay window code, while offering a re-imagining of a typical industrial form. Along the north facade, exterior curtain wall systems let in generous amounts of natural light and frame views of the San Francisco Bay and downtown skyline. Perforated metal panels on the east and west sawtooth facades manage the direct light to avoid disruptive glare within the industrial or R&D spaces. A vegetated, occupied roof top provides stormwater management while offering an uninterrupted view of the urban fabric and topography for which San Francisco is famous.
  • (anticipated) 2021
  • Architect
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 150,000 SF


  • Spear Street Capital

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Josh Shelton
  • Project Manager: Sean Slattery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Project Architect: Kyle Schleicher
  • Project Architect: John Renner


  • Owner’s Representation: FWD Advisors
  • Local Architect of Record: Form4
  • Landscape Architect: Groundworks
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF
  • MEP Engineer: PAE
  • Civil Engineer: BKF
  • Acoustical Engineer: Salter & Associates
  • Sustainability Consultant: Atelier Ten
  • Waterproofing Consultant: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • General Contractor: South Bay Construction


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