Civic Design Review Committee - December 12, 2016 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
December 12, 2016 - 3:00pm
401 Van Ness, Suite 125
san francisco, CA 94102


Monday, December 12, 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
    Lydia So

    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. Yerba Buena Island Water Tanks: Phase #3
    Bob Beck, Project Director, TIDA
    Julian Pancoast, Project Manager, TICD
    Kevin Conger, Landscape Architect, CMG Landscape Architecture

    The design team presented an overview of the project, including the site plan, previous and current section illustration, materials and color, and varying viewpoints of the structure. Compared to the previous design, the tank had now been lowered and assigned a dark grey color to reduce its visibility. Additional vegetation in front and surrounding the tanks were implemented to help further camouflage the structure. 

    The Committee was satisfied with the resulting design and had no further comments.

    There was no public comment.

    Motion to approve Phase #3 of the Yerba Buena Island Water Tanks Project.
  4. SFO Consolidated Administrative Campus: Phase #2 and #3
    Jeff Till and Mark Cavagnero, Project Designer, Perkins + Will | Mark Cavagnero Associates Joint Venture
    Rick Thall, Project Manager, SFO
    Sarah Rege, Architect, Perkins + Will | Mark Cavagnero Associates Joint Venture
    Gary Strang, Landscape Architect, GLS Landscape

    The design team expressed that their presentation would include both Phase #2 and Phase #3, due to a miscalendar of the agenda in their last review.

    The Committee asked if there were any new updates from the previous design that was approved in the last review. As there were none and the Committee had no additional comments, the project motion was approved. In addition, the Committee expressed their anticipation about seeing the completion of the project in the near future. 

    There was no further public comment.

    Motion to approve Phases #2 and #3 of the SFO Consolidated Administrative Campus Project.
  5. SFFD Ambulance Deployment Facility: Phase #1
    Reggie Stump, Project Designer and Architect, SF Public Works
    Samuel Chui, Project Manager, SF Public Works

    The design team presented their project, reviewing the project information and schedule, site context, existing site plans, precedent images, and efforts relative to sustainability. Addressing the Committee’s comments from the previous meeting, they refined their design to maximize light and air circulation by including a courtyard in the office building. They also raised the building approximately eighteen inches from the existing grade to address sea level rise. The team went on to show the updated floor plans and circulation of the building, as well as elevations, cross section, and aerial view of the building. Lastly, the material palette, landscape palette, and next steps were presented to the Committee.

    The Committee suggested reassessing the programming and circulation of the office building, as well as using glazed, translucent walls for the courtyard façade to allow for more light to come in. They also suggested using less expensive options for exterior materials that the public will not see and not use the hyper graphics that were shown in the presentation. For the courtyard, the Committee suggested either having appropriate planting or a more spare environment with the use of warm natural materials.

    There was no further public comment.

    Motion to approve Phase #1 of the SFFD Ambulance Deployment Facility Project contingent upon 1) investigating the possibility of windows on the third floor of the Jerrold Avenue facing walls, 2) using glazed walls in the courtyard, 3) not using super graphics but integrating signage on the McKinnon Avenue gate, 4) exploring different materials that are more economical, and 5) considering the reassessment of internal programming to allow for more light, and 6) using similar design features and/or materials on the building and garage to represent one complex.
  6. SFO Long Term Parking Lot #2: Phase #1
    Robert Janson, Architect, Kwan-Henmi/FMG Architects
    Tasso Mavroudis, Project Manager, SFO
    Adrienne Wong, Landscape Architect, AWALA

    The design team presented existing views and proposed views of their proposal, an updated site plan, aerial views, and elevation renderings to show the new design. The previous design was once a curved structure and now has been broken up into three sections as a stepped building facade. This design would yield extra parking. The team went on to present the planting palette and boulevard landscaping. Additionally, the team provided a virtual tour of the new structure with views from the freeway onramp.

    The Committee was pleased by the way the design team was able to break up the façade and break down the scale of the large structure. The negative space created with the new design provides multiple opportunities for public art and landscaping. The Committee suggested that this new design also provides the corner data towers to be a new main view of the airport campus and to consider shepherding dollars to these spaces. They asked that the team further develop the landscaping and return with section drawings or 3D modeling, as well as to use Roberto Burle-Marx as a point of reference. The Committee asked that the design team come back for an informal session which should include the project artist.

    There was no public comment.

    Motion to approve Phase #1 of the SFO Long Term Parking Lot #2 Project contingent upon 1) developing detailed section and plan drawings of the landscape plaza façade, 2) investigating the façade treatments along the public realm, 3) integrating a program to the stairwells and tying portals and vertical circulation points for greater cohesion, 4) working with the selected public art artist to develop ideas early in the design, and 5) consider Roberto Burle-Marx as inspiration and precedence for the ground plane patterning and/ or towers for plant display.
  7. Visual Arts Committee Update

    Commissioner Dorka Keehn shared that Art Care would be a sponsor for a new bust of Mayor Newsom to be installed in City Hall. The money has been raised privately and Art Care will be donating the bust to the City. The bust will become part of the City Collection as a maintenance budget has been secured. Currently, the bust is in its rendering phase and should be completed by mid-next year. The artist selected to perform the commission is Bruce Wolf, who resides in the Bay area and works in bronze.

    Secondly, Commissioner Keehn provided an update on the artwork to be placed at St. Mary’s Square at 500 Pine Street. The developers of 500 Pine planned to have an artwork placed in the plaza as part of their 1% for Art requirement; however, a second artwork, the World War II Comfort Women Memorial, was approved by the mayor to be also placed there. Due to the conflict of both artworks in the plaza, the first artist chosen declined to participate. A compromise has been made to look for a second artist to fill the first artist spot.
  8. Staff Report
    Jill Manton shared that she, along with Commissioner Schnair and Commissioner Stryker, would meet with the City Attorney this week to discuss the Administrative Code in relation to Civic Design Review and the Committee’s purview relative to landscapes. She will report back in January.

    In addition, Manton shared that a new category of review will come to the Arts Commission and Civic Design Review. Low-cost affordable housing on City property which is paid by the City will now come for Civic Design Review through the Mayor’s Department of Housing. Manton plans to seek guidance from the City Attorney on this new addition to the Civic Design Review portfolio. In the meantime, she has asked the department contact to sit in to Civic Design Review to observe and will be talking to the Department of Housing about projects underway.

    Manton also gave a reminder that January’s date for Civic Design Review will be on January 23rd due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

    Lastly, Manton shared that the SFO AirTrain project manager would send out a conceptual paragraph of the coming stations to be integrated into the AirTrain Extension Program.
  9. New Business and Announcements
  10. Adjournment 
    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:37 p.m.
    posted 12/27/16, 11:25 p.m., akl
    revised 12/29/16, 4:35 p.m., akl
    approved 1/9/17

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