Civic Design Review Committee - August 15, 2016 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
August 15, 2016 - 3:00pm
401 Van Ness, Suite 125
san francisco, CA 94102


Monday, August 15, 2016
3:00 p.m.
401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 125



Committee Chair Kimberlee Stryker called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.

  1. Roll Call
    Commissioners Present
    Kimberlee Stryker, Chair
    Dorka Keehn
    Abby Sadin Schnair
    Paul Woolford

    ​Commissioners Absent

    Staff Present
    Jill Manton, Director, Public Art Trust and Special Initiatives
    Aleta Lee, Program Associate, Public Art Trust and Special Initiatives
  2. Public Comment
    There was no public comment.

  3. SEP New Headworks Facility: Phase #1
    Victor Shih, Project Designer, SF PUC
    Jignesh Desai, Project Manager, SF PUC
    Michael Willis, Architect, Department
    Gavin McMillan, Landscape Architect, Hargreaves Associate
    Commissioner Paul Woolford arrives at 3:09pm.

    The design team presented the project, providing a background on the project schedule, existing conditions, public outreach process, site plan, and the development of the design progression. Through feedback from their informal meeting with Commissioners, they came back with a revised design option called the Gallery Scheme. The Gallery Scheme integrates security and stair screens, a grit tank wall with art panels, a planting setback with art panels, a pipe wall and odor control screen with public art panels, and a gateway grove with signage. The team presented the material palette, which include perforated metal screens, fiber cement/ terra cotta, metal panels, and cast-in-place concrete. Lastly, the team provided landscape strategies, with bulb-outs and education/ art installation integration, and a planting plan.
    The Committee suggested that the architects work closely with the artists to have more interesting and integrated public art. Along those lines, the Committee recommended having more cohesion between the education, art, and architectural design components to create something exciting and different. Overall, the Committee felt like the design team needed to take a step back and look at the project as an urban infrastructure, to make fewer and more important moves, and to make smart intersections between the geometry and materials. They suggested that the team come back for an informal and would hold off on approving Phase #1.

    There was no public comment.

    The motion was not approved for Phase #1 of the SEP New Headworks Facility Project.
  4. SFO Terminal 1 Center Renovation Project (10011) and SFO New Boarding Area B Reconstruction Project (10011): Phase #2

    Terminal I Center Renovation Project
    Terence Young, Project Designer, Gensler
    Kristin Allen, Project Manager, SFO
    Steve Weindel, Architect, Gensler
    Brennan Cox, Landscape Architect, Groundworks Office

    SFO New Boarding Area B Reconstruction Project
    Lee Glenn, Project Designer, HKS, Inc.
    Kristin Allen, Project Manager, SFO
    Crystal Barriscale, Project Architect, HKS, Inc.
    Geoff DiGirolamo, Landscape Architect, Surface Design, Inc.
    The design team began their presentation by referring back to their design theme of Bay Area Naturalism. Through this theme and an image of a forest of trees, they created an abstracted fritting pattern for their glass material. This fritted glass was presented to be used as the top half material of the landside of the terminal, while the glass below the canopy would remain clear. The team addressed the vestibules, showing samples of the laminated wood they hoped to use for the air lock entrance. The wood slats, laminated in between two pieces of glass, would be thin enough for sun to come through and provide a warm tint for the vestibule space. In the following slides, the team addressed the Committee’s comments from the past Phase #1 presentation. Here they showcased their study of the bridge extension, glare analysis, canopy details, and bird safety requirements and building treatment. The team also brought samples of the different metal, wood, and glass material and color samples they intend to use for the project.

    For the airside portion of the presentation, the design team explained that there no longer needed to be continuous louvers for exhaust and mechanical intake. The team is now proposing to go back to metal spandrel panels, and deal with just two materials – glass and painted metal panels. A topic of discussion was how to better unify the glass and metal materials, as well as finding a metal color that is complimentary throughout the terminal.

    The Committee suggested that to make the building more holistic, both airside and landside teams would need to collaborate together on the consistency of materials. To the landside team, the Committee mentioned that the end walls of the terminal felt unresolved and its materiality and proportions should be addressed. As for the airside team, the Committee asked the team to study the colors and finish of exterior metals, along with the use of the roof wells.
    There was no further public comment, and the motion was unanimously approved as follows.

    Motion to approve Phase # 2 of the SFO Terminal 1 Center Renovation Project contingent upon providing studies of different materials and compositions of the return wall.

    Motion to approve Phase #2 New Boarding Area B Reconstruction Project contingent upon 1) exploring and collaborating on exterior metals for land and airside and 2) investigating the use of roof wells as intake zones.

  5. Angelo Rossi Pool Improvement Project: Phase #1
    Rafael Gutierrez, Project Designer, Public Works
    Levi Conover, Project Manager, SF Rec & Park
    Will Kwan, Architect, Public Works
    Edward Chin, Landscape Architect, Public Works 

    The design team began by presenting the project schedule, project goals, site map, historic context, and existing floor plan. The proposed floor plan includes an accessible entrance passage, new patio with sitting area, new multi-purpose room, renovated locker rooms, window replacement, and new mechanical room with dehumidification. The team showed several design options for the external mechanical room, along with renderings of new improvements to the exterior entrances. The last slides showed the material palette, landscape planting palette, and landscape concept. In addition, the affiliated representative of the Planning Department commented that this building is a categorical exemption project which is mandated to be closely maintained to its original state as a historically sensitive renovation.

    The Committee’s big concern was the paint color of the building. They suggested a more interesting color palette that could transform the park, rather than the current monotonous beige. The Committee also suggested keeping the design simple, as to not compete with the original architecture. As for the mechanical room, the Committee preferred option B with the metal panels scored in the same proportions of the building wall.

    There was no public comment, and the motion was unanimously approved as follows.

    Motion to approve Phase #1 of the Angelo Rossi Pool Improvement Project contingent upon 1) exploring a richer color palette and 2) paneling of the mechanical room enclosure that is flat, not corrugated, and proportionate to the scoring of the building.


  1. Visual Arts Committee Update
    Commissioner Dorka Keehn reported that she would provide updates at the next meeting concerning the Public Utilities Commission presentation at the Visual Arts Committee meeting. She also mentioned that the Visual Arts Committee asked that the artists of the Oak Plaza project think about their public art piece in a more artistic than utilitarian way.

  2. Staff Report
    Jill Manton, SFAC staff, asked Commissioners for flexibility in the scheduling of informals for either days during the Full Commission or time slots before or after the Civic Design Review Public Meeting. She also shared that the Arts Commission is still waiting for the Mayor’s office to report back about a selection of the fifth Commissioner for the Committee.

  3. Selection of Project Images for Civic Design Review Report at next Arts Commission Meeting
    The Bayview Opera House was selected to be presented at the Full Commission Meeting.

  4. Adjournment 
    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:18 p.m.
    posted 8/26/16, 2:20 p.m., akl
    approved 9/12/16



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