San Francisco Public Safety Building Unveiled
City leaders gathered at the new San Francisco Police Headquarters in the Mission Bay neighborhood to inaugurate the newest civic addition from the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response bond program.
A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the new San Francisco Public Safety Building, which is expected to serve San Francisco for decades to come.
The campus, at Mission Rock and Third streets, is home to the San Francisco Police Department headquarters and Southern District Police Station, both of which have been relocated from the seismically deficient Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St. that housed the police headquarters for over 50 years. The campus is also home to new Fire Station No. 4, which serves the surrounding neighborhood, and a historic firehouse that was repurposed into both a community meeting space and the offices of the Fire Department’s Bureau of Fire Investigation (Arson Task Force).
Construction of the $243 million public safety campus was funded by the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond (ESER).
“San Francisco voters support public safety infrastructure investments like a modern police headquarters and Public Safety Building campus to keep our world-class city a safe place,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “This Public Safety Building campus also supports the residents of our growing Mission Bay and South of Market neighborhoods with a new firehouse and police station. We are making good on our commitment to deliver quality, critical projects without raising property taxes that will safeguard San Francisco for generations.”
The Public Safety Building broke ground in late 2011. Approximately 300,000 square feet in size, the building was designed for functional resiliency for up to 96 hours after an earthquake or other major disaster, a LEED Gold rating for environmental efficiency in design and construction, and enhanced security.
“The Public Safety Building is a product of the city’s strategic and transparent capital plan, and is a testament to the will of the residents of San Francisco who value investing in these vital police and fire services,” said Supervisor London Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors.
“The Police Department is up and running at our new headquarters, a modern, technologically superior facility built with the strong backing of voters,” SFPD Chief Greg Suhr added. “The new facility moved us out of the earthquake-vulnerable Hall of Justice and enhances our capabilities to respond to calls and provide coordinated responses.”
“The city’s newest Fire Station No. 4 – as well as the community room in the renovated historic firehouse - now serves the growing Mission Bay neighborhood,” said Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “Firehouses function, operate and are staffed by firefighters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and these investments go toward healthy, safe and seismically sound facilities that enhance the Fire Department’s capabilities to provide essential emergency response services to our community.”
HOK and Mark Cavagnero Associates designed the building for LEED Gold certification. San Francisco Public Works provided overall project and construction management, and collaborated with the architects on interior work environments for the police headquarters, police and fire stations, and rehabilitation of historic Fire Station No. 30. Pankow Builders was the construction manager and general contractor. The San Francisco Arts Commission oversaw the installation of two major public art installations.