One Rincon Hill Weather Beacon Gets in On the Fun – Illuminated Crown Goes Orange for the Giants

Now, it’s not just City Hall and Coit Tower lit up all orange, ’cause One Rincon Hill (the building that pwned the Infinity Towers) is going Giants Orange for the duration of the 2010 MLB playoffs.


All the deets:

RINCON HILL WEATHER BEACON SALUTES THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS’ DIVISION CROWN – Illuminated crown on One Rincon Hill takes a break from its daily weather forecast to celebrate the Giants’ playoff run with orange light display

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 8, 2010) – The Rincon Hill Weather Beacon, the lighted “crown” adorning One Rincon Hill, a San Francisco landmark atop Rincon Hill, is celebrating the San Francisco Giants’ division crown and playoff run along with the rest of the City. 
The 64-story luxury condominium building, among the tallest structures on the San Francisco skyline and the first marker at the foot of the Bay Bridge into the City, is taking a break from it weather forecast hues of red, blue, green and amber, and switching to orange.  The special color illumination began last night and will continue through the rest of the Giants’ playoff (and potential World Series) run. 
The Rincon Hill Weather Beacon is a first in the Bay Area, and carries the tradition of other tall buildings worldwide which have used their height and prominence to provide the local weather forecast in a code of colored or flashing lights.  It also pays homage to the former Bank of America Clock Tower (originally the Union 76 Clock Tower), previously a fixture on the site where One Rincon Hill’s residential condos now rise, and where residents and visitors once looked to Rincon Hill for  “timely” but useful daily information from a digital clock.  Today, Rincon Hill’s Weather Beacon provides a weather forecast visible from the approach into the City from the East Bay and from much of the SoMa District.
“Currently with more than 450 residents, One Rincon Hill is proud to be able to support the team and help illuminate the spirit of San Francisco Giants fans everywhere with our beacon,” said David Kriozere, principal of Urban West Associates, the developer of One Rincon Hill. “Our weather beacon adds to the beauty of San Francisco’s skyline and One Rincon Hill’s place in it, acknowledges the neighborhood’s past and illuminates the tremendous change and bright future of Rincon Hill, South of Market and the entire region.”
Ever more deets, after the jump.

The Weather Beacon was first activated on Dec. 9, 2008, prior to a meeting of the Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association at One Rincon Hill.  It is set approximately an hour before dusk each evening and runs throughout the night. It will provide very basic forecast for the general public and not act as an aid to navigation.
The Rincon Hill Weather Beacon’s color code was determined by other beacons in history, as well as the aesthetics of the building’s design and its place on the skyline.  The colors and their meanings are: red: warmer weather on the way; blue: colder weather approaching; green: precipitation; and, amber: static, continuing weather. To make the color code easier to remember, the following doggerel was created:
Glowing red, warmer weather ahead
Shining blue, colder weather in view
Going green, rain foreseen
Amber light, no change in sight

The amber hue is the base color and is on the majority of the time. The beacon is on a timer and only visible at night. The weather will be set once a day, approximately an hour prior to dusk.
“Important attention was made to make sure the top of the building, the crown, remained as a simple compliment to the San Francisco skyline,” said Chris Pemberton, vice president in the San Francisco office of Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), the architects of One Rincon Hill.  “An amber hue represents static or unchanging weather and will likely glow most frequently, so we made sure to select something that works best with the ambient light emitting during the evening from the residences of One Rincon Hill.”
SCB worked with lighting designer experts from Los Angeles-based Francis Krahe & Associates Inc., recognized worldwide as a leading architectural lighting design firm, to test the lights and shades.  Going forward, the team will monitor the lights to ensure the correct quality of light is maintained.  Plans call for additional lighting for greater illumination soon.
For the crown of One Rincon Hill, 25 highly-efficient “colorwash” by Tivoli color-changing LED floodlights were used, the energy equivalent of lighting your living room. The weather forecast is updated once a day each evening, based on the most current forecast for San Francisco provided by the National Weather Service office in Monterey, Calif.
A weather beacon is a beacon that indicates the local weather forecast in a code of colored or flashing lights. The beacon is usually on the roof of a tall building in a central business district, but some are attached to towers. The beacons are most commonly owned by financial services companies and television stations and are part of advertising and public relations programs. They provide a very basic forecast for the general public and not as an aid to navigation. Rooftop weather beacons have been used since 1941, initially at the Empire State Building, but active beacons can be found today in Sacramento, Boston, Grand Rapids, Mich., and throughout the world.
The weather beacon is currently best visible looking westward onto San Francisco from the Bay, as the One Rincon Hill Phase I tower’s glass is on the south, east and north sides of the crown, and the shield on the west side blocks some light. At One Rincon Hill’s planned Phase II tower, glass will be on the south, west and north sides of the crown. Thus, the two buildings together will eventually offer a 360-degree lighting effect for the entire region. Many viewing angles from the north or south will enjoy the lighting from both beacons simultaneously.
The Clock Tower Building stood on this site atop Rincon Hill, its triangular tower adorned with a digital clock. The Clock Tower’s signage was UNION 76 from 1940-1993, and was replaced with Bank of America, the owner of the tower, in 1993.  The building was demolished in 2005 to make way for One Rincon Hill.
About One Rincon Hill
One Rincon Hill has become one of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks and the tallest building on the skyline, in part due to its location atop Rincon Hill, the last buildable hill in the city and the ‘first attraction’ visitors see as they cross the Bay Bridge into San Francisco. Topped with a glowing weather beacon at its crown, the 64-story Phase I tower with 376 luxury condominium homes was recently completed and is now 87 percent occupied.  A 52-story Phase II tower offering 299 homes will complete the development, which will eventually feature a total of 689 private residences, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes and penthouses, each with views of the City and Bay from panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and extra-large balconies, as well as 14 townhomes, a swimming pool, reflecting pool, sundeck, fitness center and an elegant parking facility with valet parking. The One Rincon Hill Sales Center is located at 489 Harrison St. #306, with on-site parking available. Open weekdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (415) 744-8886 or visit online at

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