SAN FRANCISCO—In a move that marks the first corporate expansion outside Chicago in several years, The John Buck Co. picked San Francisco for its West Coast regional office. Located at Three Embarcadero, the office is headed by senior vice president Ben Kochalski

The John Buck Co., in partnership with fellow Chicago developer Golub Co. and MetLife Real Estate Investments, broke ground late last year on Park Tower at Transbay, scheduled for completion in 2018. This 43-story pre-certified LEED Gold office tower will provide one of the most modern large blocks of space in the city with sweeping views of the Bay from almost three quarters of the building’s 750,000 rentable square feet.

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