Mission Statement

To sustain and grow manufacturing jobs for residents of urban communities by creating
more real estate for manufacturing businesses in cities that is functional, accessible, and affordable.


PlaceMade is the Bay Area’s first non-profit industrial real estate development corporation. PlaceMade was launched in 2013 by, and is the sister non-profit to, SFMade, the San Francisco Bay Area’s non-profit manufacturing support organization. PlaceMade collaborates with both the private and public sector to ensure that the Bay Area has adequate, quality industrial space to support a vibrant and growing manufacturing sector. In addition, our partnership with SFMade affords access to the regional manufacturing community, providing a unique viewpoint on industrial development.

SFMade is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco. It is the only organization of its kind focused on building the San Francisco Bay Area’s economic base by developing the local manufacturing sector. SFMade’s mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in the Bay Area, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.

Featured: 150 Hooper

Working with the City of San Francisco, we re-activated a large, under-utilized PDR-zoned lot. Creating a new land-use zoning designation called “Inclusionary PDR”, we formed the Hooper Campus: over 400,000SF of manufacturing and office space, which includes our own multi-tenant, manufacturing building: The Manufacturing Foundry at 150 Hooper.

The Manufacturing Foundry is a 56,000SF industrial building for innovators and manufacturers to collaborate – the first new construction of industrial space in the City of San Francisco in nearly 20 years. PlaceMade has been involved in all aspects of building this foundry from the ground up (development, design, entitlements, construction). PlaceMade owns the building, which will allow for continual affordable industrial space to the manufacturing sector.

Projects: Municipal Advising

  • 150 Hooper
  • Working with the City of San Francisco, we created a new land-use zoning designation called "Inclusionary PDR", re-activating, a large, under-utilized PDR-zoned lot: now known as the Hooper Campus.
  • Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative (BAUM):
  • Launched in 2016, BAUM is a project to facilitate the creation of a well-defined and interconnected regional manufacturing ecosystem, strengthen regional connections, and grow regional manufacturing. We are working with 30 Bay Area city partners who, among other things, have pledged to work together to ensure that the region seizes the opportunity to retain and create middle-class jobs for a more equitable Bay Area.
  • City Government Advising
    • Berkeley:
    • Focusing on West Berkeley, we are consulting with the City of Berkeley on protecting their industrial zone and reviewing the potential for growth.

    • San Francisco:
    • For almost 10 years we have worked with the City of San Francisco to protect industrial space, consult on zoning and land use, and create innovative legislation (e.g., Inclusionary PDR) to keep urban manufacturing alive in San Francisco.

    • San Jose
    • Working with the Office of Economic Development, we have consulted on the retention and expansion of San Jose’s industrial land.

    • Napa Action Plan
    • In early 2021, the City of Napa received a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to advance Napa’s local manufacturing and creative sectors. The nonprofit’s Artspace and PlaceMade were engaged to create “The City of Napa’s Creative Space and Local Manufacturing Action Plan” report. From March to October 2021, the aim was to develop an Action Plan that the city and its partners could take to make Napa a place where the manufacturing, maker, and creative sectors and their workforce can thrive. Working closely with the City’s Economic Development team, Artspace and PlaceMade recommended actions and tactics for retaining and attracting individual artists, creatives, makers, and their making and manufacturing businesses.

      This Action Plan is a roadmap for the City of Napa and its partners to attract, retain, and grow the manufacturing, maker, artist, and creative sectors.

    • U.S. & International
    • Both SFMade and PlaceMade have gained regional and international recognition as urban manufacturing experts. We have met with, and advised, representatives from Zurich, Switzerland; Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Moscow, Russia; Portland, Oregon; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Projects: Property & Development

  • 150 Hooper, San Francisco
  • Pier 70, San Francisco
  • One DeHaro, San Francisco
  • Mission Road, South San Francisco BART Project
  • The Yard, San Francisco
  • Mission Rock, San Francisco
  • Port of San Francisco
  • L Seven, San Francisco