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BUILD designs space for retail and commercial uses in our projects and curates high-quality tenants that catalyze street life and support the neighborhood.

Café Alma

BUILD and Bayview restaurateur Kristin Houk, owner of All Good Pizza and Tato, joined forces to create Cafe Alma! The cafe, which is named for the scow schooner built at the site in 1891, aims to be a community-based, socially-minded restaurant & cafe in the future India Basin Development!

Noon All Day

To activate the key intersection for our O&M project (at the corner of 19th and Indiana), BUILD included a 2,000-sf ground-level retail space that wraps the corner of the building and opens onto the adjacent Dogpatch Arts Plaza with floor-to-ceiling mobile glass walls. We then worked with the local Piccino restaurant to bring to life a new cafe called Noon All Day. Visitors enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating, bring activity to the Plaza, and build connections with the apartment buildings as they can see through into the interior courtyard of Building O.

Public Market at India Basin

The plans call for a “Public Market” space at the heart of the village where the buildings open on to the Big Green. The goal is that the Public Market will serve as a major destination and gathering place. We envision flexible pavilions designed to be modular and evolve over time. They will provide seating, shade, community spaces, and stalls for local vendors and artisans. With this type of flexible, evolving space we hope to not only accommodate, but also incubate, local businesses.

One Oak Plaza

The One Oak project aims to enhance and activate this critical San Francisco intersection of two major thoroughfares: Market Street and Van Ness Avenue. The street-level “prow” of the building has been designed as a 4,265-sf restaurant space with arcing glass facades onto 3 different streets, including adjacent One Oak Plaza.


Build Founder and Principal, Loring Sagan, and his wife, Margherita, opened the original Piccino, a small restaurant dedicated to serving fresh, local products, in a storefront at the corner of 22nd and Tennessee streets in 2006. The restaurant was an immediate success and quickly became a hub of the neighborhood. In 2009, Loring and Margherita decided to relocate the restaurant a block to the west, in a decrepit 150-year old building that formerly housed a coal and feed barn and carriage repair operation, as well as two residences in which the current owners had been born almost 70 years ago. The “Yellow Building,” as it is called, is now a landmark building and heart of the neighborhood, as well as a destination for diners from around the Bay Area.