Cliff Lowe Associates worked closely with Handel Architects to provide construction documentation and construction
observation services for this 35,000 square foot public plaza. Jessie Square is an integral part of the open space fabric of
the Yerba Buena arts district. The plaza links the Yerba Buena Gardens with the new Contemporary Jewish Museum, the St.
Patrick Church, and the Four Seasons Hotel. Built above an existing parking garage, the design succeeds in providing universal
accessibility between these institutions. In the future, it will also function as a fore court to the new Mexican Museum. The
plaza features a low, terraced water fountain with inset pebbles, large lawn areas with wood benches, exposed aggregate
concrete paving with accent stone insets, and a row of Gingko trees that provide a shade canopy to the outdoor eating area.
Jessie Square received the AIACC Award of Merit for Urban Design in 2009.