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Waldorf Astoria Coming to Transbay’s First and Mission

The Waldorf Astoria plans to open a luxury hotel by 2021 at First and Mission, a two-million-square-foot tower at San Francisco’s Transbay development. The project would be the second tallest in the city at 910 feet, and includes a mix of hotel, retail, residential apartments, and office space.

The hotel component includes 171 rooms and suites on the first 21 floors, as well as several restaurants and a trademark Waldorf spa.

China-based Oceanwide Holdings acquired the site last year for $296 million, and subsequently received approval to develop two towers. The project is expected to break ground this fall.

San Francisco-based Heller Manus and London-based Foster + Partners will collaborate on the exterior design, while San Francisco-based Hirsch Bedner Associates will handle the hotel’s interiors.

SF Waldorf Astoria exterior

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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