Salesforce Transit Center

The Salesforce Transit Center is a major transportation hub for local and regional transportation services and centralizes the Bay Area’s regional transportation network.


  • San Francisco, California, USA


  • Transbay Joint Powers Authority

Project Status

  • Completed, 2018

A Sustainable Intermodal Terminal

The Salesforce Transit Center is located in the South-of-Market district of San Francisco and will accommodate 11 transportation systems under one roof.

WSP is part of the team that won the original design competition for the Salesforce Transit Center, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Our firm served as the engineer-of-record on the project’s transit terminal, the proposed five-acre public rooftop park and the adjacent Salesforce Tower.

We are assisting with required LEED® accreditation input and certification, with environmental performance being a central theme to the project. The project is Pre-Certified LEED Platinum. The areas of integrated sustainable design the project is focusing on include water/rainwater management, abundant use of natural daylight, reducing overall energy usage, and application of recycled materials to cut down on construction waste. The energy systems for the Transit Center support the sustainable project goals by utilizing low-impact strategies such as geothermal, natural ventilation, radiant systems, daylighting/shading solutions and thermal mass coupling.

Transit Systems
5.4 acres

Innovative Engineering

The MEP team is actively evaluating the systems both on a large-scale, viewing the project as a whole, looking at the Transbay District as a new neighborhood and part of the city and region; and small-scale, pulling apart all of the systems and examining relationships.

The unique design process being used by the team explores passive solutions and non-energy intensive mechanical/electrical opportunities that harness nature first, before creating specific HVAC and electrical systems.

Creating a SMART Facility

Our team was challenged to create a neighborhood around the Salesforce Transit Center that will create a memorable and safe venue experience, enhanced by advances in technology. Our SMART team is providing technology design and consulting services for a range of solutions. An integrated digital platform will enhance the passenger/visitor experience, increase revenue potential from retail, advertising and sponsorship, and serve as an operational efficiency and public safety tool for the facility operator, utilizing location-aware technology.

Visitor information systems including a large schedule board, digital signage and mobile applications will enhance visitor experiences and meet expectations of today’s digital-age users, while inter-building integrated public safety and emergency communications systems will increase safety in the building. The facility will have a converged communications platform and indoor location services using Bluetooth beacon systems. These beacon systems help buildings become more efficient in delivering services while visitors have a more personal experience with the space.

Current applications will help visitors with real time wayfinding, wireless access at ticket gates, and retail purchases including tickets, food and essentials. Mass data gathered from the application can be used to predict staffing needs, send mass security alerts and ease traffic congestion.