Civic Design Review Committee - September 16, 2019 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
September 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
401 Van Ness, Suite 125
San Francisco, CA 94102


Monday, September 16, 2019
4:00 p.m.
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 125


Commissioner Lydia So called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

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

    Commissioners Absent
    Linda Parker Pennington
    Kimberlee Stryker

    Staff Present
    Aleta Lee, Program Associate, Public Art Trust & Special Initiatives
    Rachelle Axel, Director of Public & Private Partnerships
    Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs
    Joanne Lee, Deputy Director of Programs
  2. Public Comment
  3. SFMTA Castro Station Elevator Project: Phase #2
    Tess Kavanagh, Project Manager, SFMTA
    Jane Chan, Architect, Public Works
    John Dennis, Landscape Architect, Public Works

    The project team reviewed the comments from their last informal review, along with the revisions made based on these comments. The team presented the project phasing, the glass elevator cab, the elevator maintenance strategy, reduction of size and visibility of the elevator structure, the silkscreened frit patterning proposed for the glass enclosure, and the use of clear glass to create a “beacon of light.” The team went on to present the street level improvements, which included widening the sidewalk, adding a curb ramp, replacing the plaza light fixtures, and regrading and replacing plaza paving. On the concourse level, the presented improvements included replacing fencing, providing new paving, replanting terraces and the concourse, and replacing and adding seating. Lastly, the team provided a plant palette and rendering of the elevator. In addition to the presentation, the team provided a model, glass and paving samples, and to scale prints for the Committee’s review.

    The Committee expressed concern in design consistencies since the elevator portion of the Castro Station project would be designed and completed prior to the encompassing new Harvey Milk Plaza project. The Committee asked that the team provide more information regarding the maintenance of the glass elevator, including the cleaning schedule and proposed self-cleaning nanotechnology to be used. Additionally, the Committee encouraged the team to look at the proportionality of the fritting and spacing to investigate the ratio of transparency to translucency. Lastly, the Committee requested that the team provide elevations and details of the bridge support.

    Motion to approve Phase #2 of the Castro Station Elevator Project contingent upon 1) further investigating the self-cleaning nanotechnology solutions that clean glass, 2) providing supplemental information regarding maintenance and cleaning schedule of the elevator, 3) studying proportion percentages and gradation of the frit pattern on the glass and providing specifications of the frit pattern, and 4) providing elevations and further details of the bridge support.
  4. Visual Arts Committee Update
    Commissioner Dorka Keehn shared the artwork proposal fence design by Michael Bartalos selected for the San Francisco Fire Department’s Ambulance Deployment Facility. Commissioner Keehn also shared the neon light installation artwork proposal by Andrea Bowers for the Harvey Milk Terminal at SFO airport.
  5. Staff Report
    Tom Decaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs, introduced Joanne Lee, the new Deputy Director of Programs for the Arts Commission, to the Civic Design Review Committee.
  6. New Business and Announcements
    Aleta Lee, Program Associate, announced her promotion to the role of Public Art Project Manager for the Arts Commission and stated that this could be her last meeting taking part with the Civic Design Review Committee.

    Tom Decaigny shared that, in the meantime, he would like to have input from the Commissioners regarding the new Capital Analyst position to be filled since this role will be involved with Civic Design Review.
  7. Adjournment 
    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

    posted  9/26/19, 5:30 p.m., akl
    approved 10/7/19


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