Lunch and Learn Real Estate Roundtable Series: Get the Inside Track on Permitting in San Francisco
Join us for a Lunch and Learn with Reuben Hechanova, President of the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission, to discuss “Policies, Permits and Performance” - ONLY 15 SEATS FOR SALE - REGISTER NOW
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 12pm to 1:30pm
Brookwood Group Conference Room, Four Embarcadero Center, 23rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
Cost: Free, Bring Your Own Lunch
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San Francisco Building Inspection Commission
“Policies, Permits and Performance”
San Francisco was selected in the Fall of 2011 by the World Green Building Council-Government Leadership Award in the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa as having the world’s “Best Green Building Policy”. The challenges of getting a permit to build in San Francisco is a myriad of public scrutiny, higher costs related to the technicalities of seismic performance and strict land use policies in an urban setting that has created the built environment from downtown high rises to single family homes throughout the City. The luncheon will present the “Policies, Permits and Performance by the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission” that has been instrumental in creating the built environment of a world class city. Learn about the rising 'green tide as the 'added market value to real estate and the environment' and new projects such as the America's Cup 34 waterfront developments, Mission Bay and Mid-Market in San Francisco.
About Reuben Hechanova
Reuben Hechanova serves his fifth year on the Building Inspection Commission (BIC) and currently presides as the President. His professional experience spans over 34 years as an Architect, Real Estate Developer and Green Technology Consultant for national award winning Commercial-Offices/Retail; High Tech Design/Research; Airport; Health Care; Institutional; Convention Center; Hospitality; Museum and Mixed-Use projects with noted award winning architectural firms such as SOM-NY, MBT, KMD and SMP and development companies with offices in San Francisco.
Notable projects for clients range from IBM, Pacific Presbyterian Hospital, Lindsay Museum, Keck 10Meter Telescope and King Abdul Aziz International Airport and also include projects for private Market-Rate and Non-profit residential buildings of High, Medium and Low rise projects in the City, Bay Area, National and International sector. His continued focus is to create and provide housing for the full spectrum, from luxury, moderate and low income families, with state of the art features of sustainable energy and food production, integrated with the context of site in order to create a better and more livable environment and neighborhood.
Along with the BIC, he is an active member in various San Francisco business organizations and their board or committees for the Bay Area Council-Land/Climate Change Committee; SF-Housing Action Coalition (President 2007-2009); SPUR; America’s Cup 34-Waterfront Advisory Committee; SF-CRG, Board of Directors and Friends of Mountain Lake Park (President 1986-1988). He serves on the advisory committee for the boards of non profit organizations for the Internet Archive, Baykeeper and Oxbow Preserve, a destination flyfishing resort in the Middle Fork of the American River. He received his architecture degree from Arizona State University and is an FLW Taleisin West, Associate.
Passionate about the environment, he is the founder of VERTECH, a green technology-sustainable energy consulting service and was a nominee in 2009 for the Hanley Award, a national award, recognized by the US-Green Building Council for sustainable practices to the benefit of the housing industry and the environment. An avid sports enthusiast and advocate for a healthy lifestyle, he created the sports based social media company, pastSPORT. He is also a 'life member' and current President.of the Dolphin Club and has swam, rowed and or piloted multiple crossings and events in San Francisco such as Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, transbay crossings including the North bay and Sacramento River and beyond.
Complimenting his environmental pursuits are his current efforts to craft the progressive policy on water conservation practices in concert with DBI, PUC and Green Building Council. In addition, his involvement with the DBI outreach program on seismic implementation of the CAPSS project is in conjunction with the SF-disaster preparedness efforts for the health, safety and welfare for the citizens of San Francisco.