The Salesforce Transit Center, complete with its 5.4-acre rooftop park, is set to open to the public on Sunday, August 12. It houses a variety of plants and trees. Tables and seating areas are scattered throughout the park for visitors.
“The inspiration actually came immediately from nature,” said senior principal for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Fred Clarke. “How do you implant nature … into the center of the city? How to you give something that people can look at and use everyday of the week and feel healthier, feel more fulfilled, feel welcomed? So I think the inspiration really comes from the human spirit in a certain way.”
The park features a variety of plants and a fountain for people to enjoy.
“You can bring a class of school kids to teach a botany class just with this park,” said Clarke. “There are a dozen different sub-environments up there.”
The rooftop park is on the fourth floor. Under that is the bus level, and the entrance is on ground level. There are stairs and glass elevators for people to access different floors.
There is also a fountain on the rooftop. It is sensor activated, so when a bus drives by the sensors on the bus deck below the park, the fountain will spout water.
Senior associate for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Randolph Volenec said, “Say the bus is 40 feet long, a 40-foot wave of water then comes and works its way all the way down the thousand feet of the park.”
In terms of safety, Salesforce tower is partnering with San Francisco Police Department and Allied Universal to provide a safe environment for park visitors.