09 Jan The Margin: West’s second-tallest skyscraper opens in San Francisco
The second-tallest building west of the Mississippi River opened for business Monday in San Francisco, though a rainstorm prevented the new occupants from checking out their new view.
The 61-story Salesforce Tower, which stands 1,070 feet high and dominates the San Francisco skyline, will be the new headquarters of Salesforce.com Inc. CRM, +0.70% , which will lease 36 floors.
Chief Executive Marc Benioff welcomed the building’s first occupants in a tweet Monday:
Here they are: The first occupants of Salesforce Tower. Very historic. They Ohana are receiving their orientation on an amazing workplace. May they do well and do good! pic.twitter.com/XfAQi9MwCX
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) January 8, 2018
On the West Coast, the sleek, curved tower is only shorter than the 1,100-foot Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, which opened last year. That building, though, is boosted by a 166-foot spire at its top.
The Salesforce Tower is topped by a six-story atrium enveloped by aluminum panels embedded with LEDs, which will create, in effect, a 100-foot-tall video screen that will light up as a sky-high piece of public art.
While the tower will offer sprawling vistas of San Francisco and the Bay Area on clear days, clouds made the view Monday underwhelming.
— GRG325 (@GRG325) January 8, 2018
Here are some better views from earlier this year:
— Corey duBrowa (@coreydu) November 17, 2017