Transamerica Pyramid to Shine ‘Beacon of Hope’ for Bay Area

The owners of the Transamerica Pyramid will resume daily lighting of the building’s crown jewel beacon as a sign of hope for the region and solidarity with Bay Area healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 6,000-watt beacon, which sits atop the 853-foot tall Transamerica Pyramid, can be seen throughout the city as well as the East and North Bays when lit at night.

“Each night at 8pm, the crown jewel beacon will be lit to honor healthcare workers throughout the Bay Area who are performing vital work and battling to save lives of Bay Area residents during the crisis,” says Elaine Chan, General Manager at JLL.

“We hope the beacon will give some inspiration and hope to the millions of residents who are hunkering down in an attempt to ‘flatten the curve’ of infection here in the Bay Area,” Suman Gera, Managing Director at Aegon Asset Management adds.

Neighborly support during COVID-19

A JLLer steps up to help the San Francisco Fire Department

When John Wren, Director of Security on our Property Management team, started working at the Transamerica Pyramid Center in San Francisco, he quickly built relationships with numerous public safety departments in the area.

“I was a police officer for over 20 years in Texas,” John said. “The San Francisco Fire Department Station No.13 is our next-door neighbor and I know the importance of building strong relationships with these valuable lifesavers.”

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, many health and public safety organizations expressed the need for more masks and other critical supplies.

“We had an unopened box containing around 350 N95 masks sitting in the emergency supply room,” said John. “I knew these could immediately be used by our first responders.”

John was able to promptly deliver the masks to the fire department on behalf of the Transamerica Center.

“We’re so grateful to John and the Transamerica Pyramid Center for their donation of N95 masks,” said Deputy Chief Wyrsch of the San Francisco Fire Department. “This is a direct result of pre-established public-private partnerships.”

“Knowing the situations our first responders are dealing with every day, it means a great deal that I can still have an impact within the community,” said John.


Transamerica Pyramid Center Recertified LEED Platinum

The Transamerica Pyramid Center has been recertified LEED Platinum, the highest certification in environmental sustainability awarded by The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Transamerica Pyramid Center consists of The Transamerica Pyramid, built in 1969 and 505 Sansome Street, built in 1981.

“We are delighted that the iconic Transamerica Pyramid Center continues to make advancements and investments that allow us to remain a leader in environmental sustainability in San Francisco,” said Suman Gera, Managing Director at Aegon Asset Management.

The Transamerica Pyramid is prominently situated at the gateway to San Francisco’s Financial District and fills an entire city block.  At 853 feet high (260 meters), the Transamerica Pyramid remains one of the tallest buildings in San Francisco. The 48-floor high-rise building is constructed of concrete, glass and steel — and capped with a decorative aluminum 212-foot spire (64.6 meters) rising above the top floor and the “crown jewel” of the building, the beacon at the top.

The sustainability milestones achieved in this year’s recertification of the Transamerica Pyramid include:

1. Top energy efficiency performance- ENERGY STAR scores, as The Transamerica Pyramid is in the top 11% of the most efficient nationally according to the CBECS Survey.

2. 1286.7 Metric tons of carbon dioxide (mtCO2) greenhouse gas emissions are saved compared to similar buildings nationally.

3. An ASHRAE score of 188 was awarded to the Transamerica Pyramid for innovation in demonstrating effort beyond the scope of LEED to protect the health and wellbeing of occupants by testing the quality of potable water according to the standard.

505 Sansome Street is a Class A, 20-story high-rise building adjacent to the Transamerica Pyramid. It is one of the few open-air buildings in San Francisco.

The sustainability milestones achieved in this year’s recertification of 505 Sansome Street include:

1. Top energy efficiency performance- ENERGY STAR scores, as 505 Sansome Street is in the top 12% of the most efficient nationally according to the CBECS Survey.

2. The occupant comfort survey showed that 93.06% of the surveyed population was satisfied with the building’s comfort.

3. And there is a 78.7% reduction in conventional commutership due to alternative commuting transportation.

The successful recertifications were measured from January 1, 2015-February 28, 2019 for the Transamerica Pyramid and from July 1, 2014-April 10, 2019 for 505 Sansome Street.