San Francisco Business Times
March 27, 2019
By Nathan Falstreau
Why it won:
The developers behind the Triton, luxury apartments set near the Foster City Lagoon, made the most of the site’s waterfront locale. In addition to views of the lagoon, the project has a public waterfront promenade with a boat deck and kayak launch. The architect wove a nautical theme throughout.
But the water proved not just an amenity, but a challenge too, said Bruce Dorfman, principal with Thompson | Dorfman Partners.
Geotechnical considerations related to building on landfill and “setback requirements from the waterway greatly impacted the building design,” which took nine months for approval, Dorfman said. Construction of the building’s foundations and seawall required additional cautionary measures to ensure that the city’s 50-year-old primary sanitary force main didn’t rupture as well.
“But we worked closely with the city to develop solutions that allowed us to build this attractive mixed-use apartment community on the lagoon,” said Dorfman. “It was very gratifying to see that the property was well-received and experienced an impressive lease-up.”
Address: 55 Triton Park Lane, Foster City
Size: 220 units
Cost: $175 million
Developer: Thompson | Dorfman Partners, LLC, Ares Management and USAA Real Estate Co.
Architect: Steinberg Architects
Engineer: BKF Engineers
Law firm: Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC