China Basin Landing

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China Basin is an office complex in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco, California.[1] The complex has 902,000 square feet (83,800 m2) of space.[2] It is the headquarters of Dropbox and Dignity Health. The diverse tenant base comprising technology, life science, telecommunications, health care, public relations, architecture and financial services firms, coupled with the campus style setting, encourages conversation, collaboration and creative inspiration. China Basin is much more than just an office building. It’s a beneficial lifestyle choice employers can make contributing to positive business productivity and the well being of employees. The campus is situated on the San Francisco Bay and Mission Creek directly across the street from AT&T Park, home to the 2010, 2012, 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The multi-level wharf promenade provides tenants a beautiful outdoor setting replete with water views overlooking Mission Creek, McCovey Cove and San Francisco Bay.


M. Barry Lawrence, a developer from San Diego, California, purchased the site of what would later house the China Basin Landing building in 1982. The site had a 465,000-square-foot (43,200 m2) six story existing structure, the China Basin Building, dating back to the 1920s or earlier.[3][4] Lawrence spent $40 million to renovate the older building and build a new three story, 207,000 square feet (19,200 m2) office facility next to the existing structure. The new office building, which opened in 1991, was the final major office building in San Francisco to open during that year.[5]

As an office facility, a portion originally it had three stories,[6] while another portion had six stories.[7] The entire facility had a total of 725,000 square feet (67,400 m2) of space.[8] At one point the building was converted from warehouses to offices. A parking garage was established so the building owners could get a variance that permitted them to convert the building to offices.[9]

In 1998 Blackstone Group owned the building.

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) bought China Basin Landing in 2005 for $260 million.[2]

Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK) San Francisco designed a two story expansion on top of the existing 1991 section of the China Basin Landing facility.[10]

In 2011 Dropbox announced that it would take the fourth floor with an option for the fifth, and the center became 91% leased.[6]


China Basin Landing is located on one city block bounded by 3rd Street, 4th Street, Berry Street, and the China Basin Canal.[7] It is across from AT&T Park and it overlooks McCovey Cove.[11]

China Landing is one block from the Caltrain depot.[12] It is about .5 miles (0.80 km) from the University of California San Francisco Mission Bay campus.[11]

The building is close to public rail links that connect the facility to the University of California Berkeley and Stanford University.[11] China Basin also has access to the Muni Metro N and T lines and the bus lines 10, 30, 45, and 47.[12] A China Basin Landing shuttle service, which has no charge, connects China Basin Landing to the Financial District, the Ferry Building, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit Embarcadero Station. A UCSF shuttle service also serves the building.[13]

China Basin is ideally situated at the gateway to Mission Bay, the life science nucleus of the Bay Area. It is also minutes from the Financial District, San Francisco’s traditional downtown. China Basin offers tenants of all types a unique opportunity to combine a versatile, indoor-and-outdoor environment, a waterfront location, and the many amenities of Mission Bay.

SOMA, South Beach, Mission Bay; China Basin is at the intersection of all of these exciting and distinctive San Francisco neighborhoods. Since the opening of AT&T Park, the area has exploded with residential and commercial development. Over three thousand housing units have been built north of Mission Creek; another three thousand will be completed south of the channel. The multitude of for rent and for sale units gives professionals the option to live within walking distance to the office. The robust influx of restaurants from take-out counters to white-tablecloth haute-cuisine and other entertainment venues allows workers to play where they live and work. Banks, grocery stores, pharmacies and other establishments provide the services necessary for every great neighborhood. A plethora of outdoor recreation options enhance the livability of the neighborhood. The South Beach Marina two blocks to the east offers slips, day cruises and sailing lessons. It also provides breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. A kayak launch, dog park, basketball and volleyball courts stand at the end of the relaxing waterside walkway on the north side of Mission Creek. On the south side of the creek is a community center and more open, green space. Two blocks from China Basin King Street turns into The Embarcadero a popular route for joggers, inline skaters and bicyclists. Nearby public parks and historic trails are offer breathtaking views of the Bay’s natural wonders. China Basin is directly across the street from the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark. When the Giants are not playing baseball the park plays hosts to concerts, Opera in the Park, collegiate sports, and other entertainment events throughout the year. Cirque du Soliel has pitched its iconic tents in Mission Bay for a number of years. An exceptional location both for business and life after-hours, China Basin is unsurpassed for access to transit, housing, entertainment and services. For additional information on neighborhood amenities and China Basin please visit:


Most of the facilities within China Basin Landing are offices.[2] The complex has a parking garage which, as of 1999, has 600 spaces.

  • As one of the only San Francisco office buildings located directly adjacent to the water, China Basin offers a unique 800 foot long wharf and promenade with seating overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
  • Continuous weekday shuttle service to the Financial District connecting to BART
  • Focaccia Market & Bakery provides full coffee, breakfast and lunch service on-site
  • Zipcar maintains five vehicles on-site for exclusive use by China Basin tenants
  • Secure bike storage, racks, showers and lockers
  • Direct adjacency to MUNI light rail and bus lines
  • One block from the Caltrain terminal
  • Easy access to Highways 280, 101 and 80


Academic facilities[edit]

The China Basin Location of the University of California San Francisco Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is located in the building [12] The UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin, of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, is located in the building.[13]


Dropbox has its corporate headquarters in building.[6][14][15] Dignity Health is in the building.[16]

Former tenants[edit]

When Sirna Therapeutics was located at China Basin Landing, it occupied Suite 6504.[17] Previously the Public Library of Science was located in Suite 3100.[11] In June 2010, PLoS announced that it was moving to a new location. The SF Weekly previously occupied space in Suite 3800[18] The newspaper is now in a different location.[19] KEST AM 1450, a radio station, as of 1998 had offices at China Basin landing.[20] The radio station is now located in another facility.[21]


  1. ^ Gordon, Rachel and Bernadette Tansey."Another biotech arrival Sirna Therapeutics moving to S.F.'s Mission Bay area." San Francisco Chronicle. Saturday March 5, 2005. C1. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Ross, Andrew S. "JPMorgan Chase's sweet deal for China Basin space." San Francisco Chronicle. Thursday January 26, 2012. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Olmstead, Nancy (1986). Vanished waters: A history of San Francisco's Mission Bay. San Francisco, CA, USA: Mission Creek Conservancy. ISBN 0961149213. 
  4. ^ Found SF, "Mission Creek Banana Boats." Retrieved on November 20, 2014. Photo "China Basin Building along Mission Creek, 1920s."
  5. ^ Greim, Lisa. "China Basin Landing ready to add tenants. (San Francisco's last major office building to open in 1991)." San Francisco Business Times. May 17, 1991. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Dineen, J.K. "Dropbox repacks itself." San Francisco Business Times. Friday July 29, 2011. Last modified Monday August 1, 2011. 1. Retrieved on March 4, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Cothran, George and Matt Smith. "Dog Bites." San Francisco Weekly. Wednesday July 30, 1997. Retrieved on March 3, 2012. Cited segment is "In Like Clint" by George Cothran.
  8. ^ Robson, Douglas. "Bankers' warning: Credit crunch ahead." San Francisco Business Times. Sunday September 27, 1998. 1. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Wellman, Laura. "Dog Bites." SF Weekly. Wednesday Jul 14, 1999. 1. Retrieved on March 4, 2012. Cited section is "Not in My Parking Lot"
  10. ^ "San Francisco's China Basin Landing Development." Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum. November 21, 2006. Retrieved on March 4, 2012.
  11. ^ a b c d "Contact PLoS." Public Library of Science. March 10, 2008. Retrieved on March 3, 2012. "U.S. Headquarters Public Library of Science 185 Berry Street, Suite 3100 San Francisco, CA 94107 USA"
  12. ^ a b c "Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics." University of California San Francisco. Retrieved on March 4, 2012. "185 Berry St., Lobby 5 5th Floor, Suite 5700 San Francisco, CA 94107-1762"
  13. ^ a b "Location." UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin. Retrieved on March 4, 2012. "UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin 185 Berry Street, Suite 190, Lobby 6 San Francisco CA 94107"
  14. ^ "Dropbox Terms of Service." "Dropbox, Inc. Last modified July 26, 2011. Retrieved on March 4, 2012. 185 Berry St. Ste. 400 San Francisco, CA 94107"
  15. ^ "Dropbox Privacy Policy." Dropbox. Retrieved on March 4, 2012.
  16. ^ "Contact Us." Dignity Health. Retrieved on October 23, 2012. "Dignity Health 185 Berry Street, Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94107"
  17. ^ "Boulder Campus." Sirna Therapeutics. March 11, 2006. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
  18. ^ "About SF Weekly." SF Weekly. December 5, 2000. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
  19. ^ "Contact Us." SF Weekly. Retrieved on March 3, 2012. "Address: 55 Francisco St. Suite 710, San Francisco, CA 94133"
  20. ^ Eljera, Bert. "Going Beyond the Cover." AsianWeek. April 9–15, 1998. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
  21. ^ "Contact Information." KEST. Retrieved on March 4, 2012. "KEST Office & Studio 145 Natoma Street, 4th Fl. San Francisco, CA 94105"

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Coordinates: 37°46′35″N 122°23′31″W / 37.776348°N 122.391839°W / 37.776348; -122.391839