Civic Design Review Committee - October 23, 2017 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
October 23, 2017 - 2:00pm
401 Van Ness, Suite 125
san francisco, CA 94102


Monday, October 23, 2017
2:00 p.m.
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 125



Commissioner Paul Woolford called the meeting to order at 2:04 p.m.

  1. Roll Call
    Commissioners Present
    Dorka Keehn
    Lydia So
    Abby Schnair
    Paul Woolford

    Commissioners Absent
    Kimberlee Stryker

    Staff Present
    Aleta Lee, Program Associate, Public Art Trust and Special Initiatives
  2. Public Comment
  3. Consent Calendar
    1. Motion to approve the temporary Linden Alley Lighting Project sponsored by Friends of Linden Alley with light fixtures designed by HYBYCOZO located between Octavia Boulevard and Gough Street for a minimum of five years duration.
  4. JCDecaux Public Restrooms and Kiosks Project: Phase #2 and #3
    Francois Nion, Project Designer, JC Decaux
    Simon Bertrang, Project Manager, Public Works

    The design team presented their studies in regards to the comments the Committee provided in the last review. The team showed through their construction drawings that the previous design was done as such due to the dimension of the foundation base. The team also shared that only fifteen of the kiosks would have a complete flush side on one of its panels. This flush design would be specifically for kiosks that had audience programming, such as an ATM. The rest of the kiosks would have a symmetrical bump out base on each side.

    The Committee appreciated the research the design team conducted to give reason for their presented design. They expressed that they would accept the original base design that was presented in the previous phase.

    There was no further public comment.

    Motion to approve Phase 3 of the JCDecaux Public Restrooms and Kiosks Project contingent upon using the previous canted base design which covers the existing foundation support.
  5. Golden Gate Park Tennis Center Project: Phase #1
    Emily Bello, Project Designer and Architect, EHDD
    Anne Baskerville, Project Manager, Rec & Park
    Ron Lutsko, Landscape Architect, Lutsko Associates

    The design team presented the updates to the Tennis Center design, providing a models, and material and color samples. The latest update include having the roof edge cut straight rather than following the contours of the building, maximizing the curtain wall mullion spacing, tapering the roof down versus up, and selecting the external wall by the center’s garden for art enrichment. The team also provided renderings of the center, courts, and the garden.

    The Committee thought the team did a terrific job in bringing their ideas from concept back into the design. They suggested that trees in the garden be moved if they obstructed the view of the art wall. They also asked that the team be conscientious of how they planned to use supergraphics on the internal wall of the center. The Committee endorsed the color palette that was recommended by the team and ask the team to review the fenestration pattern.

    There was no further public comment.

    Motion to approve Phase 1 of the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center Project contingent upon: 1) consideration of location of trees in relation to art; 2) refining the overhang in regards to solar shading and detail; 3) reviewing the fenestration pattern on the concrete wall; and 4) being judicious in the use of supergraphics.
  6. Southeast Plant 1550 Evans Project: Conceptual Review
    Greta Jones, Project Designer, Public Works
    Shelby Campbell, Project Manager, SFPUC
    Reggie Stump and Fara Perez, Architect, Public Works
    Rob Tidmore and Lizzy Hirsch, Landscape Architect, Public Works

    The design team presented the site analysis of the location, provided neighborhood context and views, and showcased the previous massing studies from their first informal workshop. They went on to present their two preferred concepts, Oasis and Campo. The Oasis theme features the Education building along Third Street and the Community Center perpendicular, facing Evans Street. The Oasis cocept features a green area on the lower right section of the campus that would integrate winding trails and and meditation spaces. The Campo theme features the Education building on Newhall Street  with the Community Center still perpendicular and facing Evans Avenue. However, the Community Center would be in two sections, the Community Room and the rest of the building’s programming in another building. The lower left part of the site would have green area, with a pathway on the corner of Third Street and Evans Avenue leading towards the center of campus. The team also showed precedent imags of roofing and passageways that could be possible for the space between the two sections of the Community Center.

    The Committee preferred the Campo theme over the Oasis theme. The y were intrigued by the Campo passageway layouts and felt that the structure provided an important civic presence to the neighborhood. They felt that the split Community Center would allow for more indoor and outdoor space in between. A suggestion was to raise the super roof on top of the Community room to allow for cover of more outdoor meeting spaces.

    There was no further public comment.

    Commissioner Lydia So arrives at 3:26pm.
  7. India Basin Waterfront Park Project: Conceptual Review
    Nicole Avril, Project Manager, Rec & Park
    Stefan Hastrup, Architect, TGH Architects
    Shannon Nichol, Landscape Architect, GGN

    The design team presented the project, indicating how this would be an opportunity in creating an important park and landscape like Crissy Fields for the south east community of San Francisco. They shared that during the Community Engagement phase of the project, they gathered Community Priorities, which include gathering spaces, concessions, play & fitness, and history of the place. The team went on to present the replacement of riprap to tidal marsh, sea level rise, the proposed park map, site plan, and renderings of different views of the park.

    The Committee thought the team did an impressive and thoughtful job on the project so far. They applauded the team for incorporating learning and historical interpretive elements to the design, and they were happy to endorse the project.

    There was no further public comment.

  8. Guy Mini Place Park Project: Phase #3
    Fiona Cundy, Project Designer and Landscape Architect, Public Works
    Brett Desmarais, Project Manager, Rec & Park

    The design team presented the updates to the park design. Due to a Board of Appeals hearing the original design with the grid of nine columns was brought back to be updated. The site plan updates show that the three columns on either side of the buildings have been replaced with columnar like trees. The column on the bulb out has also been removed and replaced with dog facilities. The plant palette will remain the same, and will also integrate the Heritage Birch tree. The park would consist of three garden rooms and one which would hold a granite weeping wall with possible cascading water.

    The Committee expressed that the design looked good and were ready for the park to finally be built.  

    There was no further public comment.

    Motion to approve Phase 3 of the Guy Mini Place Park Project.
  9. Southeast Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities – Maintenance Buildings Project: Phase #1
    Rosanna Tse, Project Designer, SFPUC
    Carolyn Chiu, Project Manager, SFPUC
    Frederic Simmons, Architect, Public Works
    Nicholas Ancel, Landscape Architect, Public Works

    The design team presented updated designs of the Maintenance Buildngs, showing proposed scheme A and scheme B as options. Scheme A, which was preferred by SFPUC management, showcaused a floating roof line and bullet proof channel glass on the top floor. The staircase would be monumental and have similar zinc covered cladding of the covered stairs throughout the campus. Scheme B showcased taking the channel glass material and wrapping it around the building for a more singular move. The team showed the buildings’ elevations for both schemes.

    The Committee preferred Scheme A as they felt the design of Scheme B woud be more difficult to finesse and refine. They suggested that the terra cotta be removed from the campus side of the building and replaced with either concrete or another metal. The asked that the team return to phase #2 with a material and color palette.

    There was no further public comment.

    Motion to approve Phase 1 of the Southeast Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities—Maintenance Buildings Project contingent upon: 1) developing Scheme A; 2) adding more relief on the overhang of the zinc; 3) taking out the terra cotta on the utilities side of the buildings and considering using concrete or another metal; 4) providing further explanation of cleaning and maintenance of buildings; and 5) coordinating consistent color palette with rest of the campus.
  10. Visual Arts Committee Update
    Commissioner Dorka Keehn shared the latest mural artwork for Moscone Center by Brendan Monroe. She also shared a rendering of the artwork by Sarah Sze that will be in the atrium lobby of 1500 Mission.
  11. Staff Report.
  12. New Business and Announcements
    There was no new business or announcements.
  13. Adjournment 
    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:35 p.m.
    posted  10/3/17, 4:52 p.m., akl
    approved 12/4/17


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