San Francisco, CA

Treasure Island has always been an odd duck among San Francisco neighborhoods. Artificially constructed for the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition, the island’s gorgeous bay views should by rights make it a plum destination. About 300 of the 465 project acres will be green space. There are also plans for a new ferry terminal to more firmly tether island dwellers to the mainland.

The project will produce a new San Francisco neighborhood of up to 8,000 homes, including homes which will be offered at below-market rates, extensive open spaces, three hotels, restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues. The project’s design draws heavily upon the natural setting and features of the islands – sun, wind, views both of and from the Islands, shorelines, topography, soils, habitat, and vegetation – and features intentional contrasts that will add interest for all who live on or visit the Islands

The transportation network for the Islands is designed to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists and to encourage sustainable transit-oriented choices as part of everyday life. Transportation demand management programs will be put in place such as the country’s first congestion pricing program, and mandatory household transit passes, parking policies and ramp metering will maximize transit use.

Key to the project is an exceptional park system with a diverse array of urban public spaces that are integrated with new neighborhood development and provide a connection with the ecological and experiential qualities of the Bay. Over 300 acres total between both Islands will be devoted to parklands, wetlands, recreational sites, trails, and native habitat.

VERVE views this holistic approach to community development as an opportunity for LennarWilson Meany to be at the vanguard of urban design by creating an Eco-District community infrastructure focused on environmental sustainability, technology, and self-sustaining.  This means taking advantage of existing technologies to generate energy with the lowest environmental impact.  This also means looking toward future technologies to design a community whose inhabitant will enjoy the comforts of a small neighborhood while living adjacent to one of the most progressive cities in the world.

VERVE has developed has developed an Infrastructure Design and Economic business model that transitions the development of the utilities to a third party utility vendor via BOOM (Build, Own, Operate and Maintain) to deliver a Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Carbon Community,  LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge district.

VERVE continues to develop and update sustainable concepts for implementation into the redevelopment of the project as it begins its construction phase. 


Type: Master Planning
Size: 465 acers
Architect: SOM Architects


601 Montgomery Street, Suite 1450
San Francisco, CA 94111


415 987 3337