Salesforce is celebrating the capping of the tallest building west of Chicago, and the views are astounding

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Salesforce is celebrating the capping of the tallest building west of Chicago, and the views are astounding

Salesforce Tower, San Francisco, CA
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and San Francisco officials are marking the laying of the final beam — a construction milestone known as "topping off" — at its new global headquarters in downtown San Francisco.

"They take the last structural beam and everybody signs it," Elizabeth Pinkham, Salesforce executive vice president of global real estate, said in advance of Thursday's planned ceremony. "Then they hoist it up to the top."

The building rises 1,070 feet high and is the tallest U.S. office building west of Chicago. Salesforce, a cloud-computing company that specializes in customer relationship management, is the "anchor tenant" and will occupy floors three to 30 and the top two levels, 60 and 61. Rather than designating the two top floors for executive offices, Salesforce will keep them open to all employees and their guests, Pinkham said.

Other tenants will include Salesforce partner Accenture, which wanted proximity to the enterprise tech company, CBRE and Bain & Company. Construction is set to be completed in July. The landlords are Boston Properties, which has a 95 percent stake in the building and Hines, which owns the rest.

Right now, the building still looks like a construction site — there is no trace yet of the fancy office furniture synonymous with tech company offices — and construction workers are in the process of building out the skeleton of the building and installing the windows.

"I'm used to being up there with no windows, so it's going to be weird with windows," said Pinkham.

Click ahead for a first look.

— By CNBC's Harriet Taylor
Published 6 April 2017


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    Salesforce buildings in downtown San Francisco
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  • To the top

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  • 60th floor

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    Touring Salesforce Tower's 60th floor
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  • Big windows

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    Windows ready for installation at Salesforce Tower
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  • Silicon Valley view

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    South San Francisco and the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park
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    Salesforce Tower San Francisco Bay view
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    Salesforce Tower windows
  • Back to Earth

    Heading back down, we saw these construction workers hard at work on the 5th floor.

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    Construction workers building the park next to Salesforce Tower
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  • Tree line

    These trees, the first greenery to arrive, are waiting to be planted.

    Park by Salesforce Tower in downtown San Francisco
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