The Key at 12th
Despite being a prime downtown location, the corner of 12th and Broadway in Oakland has been an empty lot for decades. The adjacent Key System Building, built in 1911, has sat empty since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Previous attempts to develop the combined property — first as a hotel, and then as office — stalled. Ellis Partners acquired the vacant development site and historic building in 2017, bringing Gensler onboard to redesign the project to feature a sidecore layout, open floorplates and expansive windowlines. The final 18-story Class A office tower will include a fully renovated historic building that will be seamlessly integrated with a new, modern office tower that will increase the building’s floor sizes while remaining sensitive to the Key System Building’s historic character. Occupancy is expected in early 2020.