UCSF The Tidelands

590 & 600 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA

  • Architect: Kieran Timberlake
  • Contractor: Skanska
  • Developer: UCSF
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18th Street looking at 600 Minnesota
Credit: Kieran Timberlake

Located on Minnesota Street in the Dogpatch neighborhood, this project will address the shortage of student housing at UCSF without drawing on San Francisco’s rental inventory.

Comprising 595 units in two buildings, this residential project is designed to house 710 students, post-docs, clinical fellows, or medical residents. With a study on each floor, laundry facilities, indoor bike storage, courtyards, and sundecks, the Tidelands will be the ideal location for singles and couples who embrace city living and plan to use the various public transportation options located nearby. 

The gravity system consists of post-tensioned slabs supported on concrete columns and walls; the lateral system features planar concrete shear walls designed to form a flexural hinge above the ground floor. Above the central courtyard in each building, the floor plan is ring-shaped, with a concrete pedestrian bridge completing the ring at each floor.

Using nonlinear response history analysis, we designed the bridges without seismic joints, keeping the assembly slender and maintaining ceiling heights, and optimized reinforcing steel in the lateral system and foundation.