181 Fremont Receives 2019 American Institute of Steel Construction Award

April 5, 2019

We are honored to announce that 181 Fremont has received the 2019 American Institute of Steel Construction Award in the category that recognizes innovative use of structural steel in projects greater than $75 million.

The Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program is the highest honor awarded to building projects by the U.S. structural steel industry, according to AISC. It recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of structural steel on building projects across the country.

Architectural Digest took notice of the recent honor as well as our column-free interior floor plans stating, “The plan maximizes living space and minimizes view obstructions. Architect Jeffrey Heller was responsible for the 55 luxury condominiums, taking inspiration from his love of sailing and the water views. The exterior incorporates flowing lines in an effect that resembles dozens of connected ship masts. The building’s 25-foot-tall, glass-enclosed lobby was designed by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, and features a textured gold-leaf dome and banquette seating. Residents can take advantage of an entire floor devoted to amenities, including a wrap-around observation terrace, fitness center, and yoga room, two lounges, a library, catering kitchen, and conference room.”

181 Fremont was engineered to be the most resilient building on the West Coast and the structural engineers at Arup had to think outside of the box in order to exceed all current standards for seismic resiliency.

They devised an ingenious aluminum exoskeleton structural support system that behaves like a giant shock absorber whenever there is seismic activity underfoot. A series of sub-foundation viscous dampers allows for a completely elastic superstructure, with plumbing and electrical lines designed with enough flexibility to move without disruption.

“We created a structure designed to endure,” said Ibrahim Almufti, Arup Structural Engineer.

The building, offering 55 condos for sale in SoMa, San Francisco, also features the deepest caissons of any residential tower in San Francisco, burrowing 260 feet into the bedrock. The building’s foundation is designed to uplift slightly to create additional space for movement with a set of safety elevators designed to remain operational during seismic activity.

Learn more at https://www.181fremont.com/building.