After 60 years of steady growth, by 2015 the McMillan Electric offices on South Van Ness Avenue we moved into back in 1981 were bursting at the seams. Our search for a new headquarters that would keep us in the city, with enough parking for our fleet and plenty of room to grow in the years ahead, led us to 1950 Cesar Chavez, a vacant former textile operation at the southern base of Potrero Hill. McMillan teamed up with McCracken Architects and updated our new building with:

  • Showroom offices to demo different lighting systems—comparing high-output, LED and other options.
  • Architectural “windows” into the building’s electrical system.
  • Audio/video conference room with 65 inch smartboard touchscreen.

After completing the renovation, we shut down our old office at noon on a Friday, and reopened Monday at 9am in the new space, ready to hit the ground running. Whether it’s hosting a barbecue to celebrate wrapping another job—and tapping the lunchroom’s kegerator—or acting as the star in a manufacturer’s photo shoot, our new offices at 1950 Cesar Chavez hit our goals of creating an enjoyable, productive workspace for our family of employees, showing off the latest technology, and positioning McMillan for continued growth in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

“We got everything we wanted but the permit for a rotating ‘M’ sign above my office.”

— Bill Musgrave, President, McMillan Electric

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