50 United Nations Plaza Federal Office Building

50 United Nations Plaza

Photo by Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc.

50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102

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50 United Nations Plaza is a cornerstone of the San Francisco Civic Center and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the home of GSA's regional headquarters offices for the Pacific Rim Region.

Building Information

Property Manager: Michelle Daniels

Public Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

For more building information or service calls, see contact information at top right (or by scrolling down on mobile devices). For other federal government information, call 800-FED-INFO.

Parking and Public Transportation

There is no on-site parking available at 50 UNP. Public parking is available at garages and parking lots on Larkin Street, Turk Street, and the Civic Center off of McAllister Street. Metered street parking is nearby. Public transportation is available via BART and Muni [a nongovernment website].

Public Access

Members of the public are eligible for entry with a tenant escort during public hours. All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment on the first floor. ADA access is available at the UN Plaza entrance to the building.

Key Tenants

Major tenants are GSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Department of Education. In the latest (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 83% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.

Building Services

AMENITIES OPEN TO LOCATION HOURS OF OPERATION
Plaza Cafe Tenants and Building Visitors 1st floor M-F 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vending Machines Tenants and Building Visitors Basement, next to Room 0697 24/7
Fitness Center Federal Employees Only Basement M-F 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Health Unit Federal Employees Only Basement Tu, Th 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
W 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Art

Courtyard at 50 United Nations PlazaWith its curved and twisted sculptural benches, granite fountains and birch trees, Ribbons is the completely revamped courtyard designed by Cliff Garten Studios. Americans for the Arts selected Ribbons as one of 37 winners honored from among 340 total submissions for their 2014 Year in Review.

History and Architecture

Constructed in 1936, the building served 74 years without a major renovation and survived a catastrophic earthquake. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building to the San Francisco Civic Center National Historic Landmark District. In 2017, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a standalone building under categories A and C. The building's original architect, Arthur Brown, Jr., was a prominent San Franciscan and also the designer of San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Opera House.

The Architect of Record for the renovation was HKS, Inc.

Renovations included environmental remediation; new mechanical, electrical, lighting, and plumbing systems; roof replacement and refurbishment of existing historic wood windows; and restoration of the historically significant interiors and central courtyard as well as redesign of office interiors.

Awards

With renovations completed in 2013, the building achieved a LEED® Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and has won prestigious design and reconstruction awards:

  • Added to the National Register of Historic Places, 2017
  • PBS Commissioner Award for Service, U.S. General Services Administration, 2014
  • Federal Building Champion, Favorite Green Building, U.S. General Services Administration, 2014
  • Design Awards, Honor Award for Historic Preservation, U.S. General Services Administration, 2014
  • Project Achievement Awards, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), 2014
  • Year in Review, Public Art Network, 2014
  • Project Management Awards, U.S. General Services Administration, 2014
  • Design Awards, Rehabilitation, California Preservation Foundation, 2014
  • Reconstruction Awards, Gold Award, Building Design+Construction, 2014
  • National Project Achievement Award, Buildings Renovation/Modernization > $15 Million, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), 2014
  • California's Best Projects, Award of Merit, Engineering News Record, 2014
  • Energy Star Challenge, EPA, 2012

Occupant Information

WELCOME TO 50 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA

As a historic and sustainable building in San Francisco's Civic Center, we are excited to welcome you! We encourage you to explore and experience the unique features of our landmark building. This online resource provides 50 UNP tenants with information on building services, amenities and green systems, as well as instructions on window, fan and steam radiator operation. As you settle in here please take the time necessary to familiarize yourself with the content. We intend this to be a living and valuable resource to enhance your working experience.

ABOUT 50 UNP

Exterior of 50 UN Plaza

Art in Architecture
The Neighborhood

AMENITIES

American flag and stately columns

50 United Nations Plaza offers a number of on-site amenities and services.

Amenities
Conference Center

MAIL AND DELIVERIES

USPS, FedEx and UPS services are available, as well as messenger and other deliveries. UPS and FedEx drop boxes are located in the basement in Room #0564.

SUSTAINABLE 50 UNP: PLAY YOUR PART

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Operating Blinds, Lights, and Temperature Controls50 UNP is a high-performance green building that uses daylight and natural ventilation to regulate indoor air temperature. Help minimize the building's footprint:

Recycling and Composting
Our Living Roof

REGULATIONS

PROHIBITED:

  • Weapons
  • Smoking
  • Solicitations
  • Electrical Appliances

ALLOWED WITH DISCRETION:

  • Photography
  • Plants
  • Wall Mounted Items
  • Alcoholic Beverages

SERVICE REQUESTS

Building Manager
(for improvements, reimbursable services, keys, displays, space modifications, etc.)

Service Desk
(for mechanical, housekeeping, facility issues, conference room reservations, etc.)

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