Treasure Island San Francisco, California


The City of San Francisco has stated that its goal in integrating the former Treasure Island naval base as part of its urban fabric is to create “the most sustainable redevelopment in the United States.” The developer engaged William McDonough + Partners to conduct a high-level review and analysis of the conceptual plan for Treasure Island designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill; Arup; and SMWM. This work constructed a framework for sustaining approaches that could inform a term sheet included in the agreement between the City and Treasure Island’s developer. The strategies outlined in the plan drew largely from the LEED-ND standard and the Green Building Compliance Guide for San Francisco Municipal Buildings. A matrix mapped the strategies explored and proposed by the concept planning team against the City’s stated goals, and this effort suggested new strategies to include for consideration in the next draft of the sustainability plan.


Visioning, goal-setting and peer review of master plan


403 acres


Concept Development


William McDonough + Partners, Lead Consultant


California Environmental Protection Agency Governor´s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, 2008