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A New Vision for Public Safety

San Francisco Public Safety Building
San Francisco, California, USA

This new city and county public safety building in San Francisco’s Mission Bay Redevelopment Area houses the police administrative headquarters, a relocated district police station, a new district fire station and fleet vehicle parking.

The project includes the rehabilitation of a 1920s masonry fire station for community use. A central entry court incorporates this building as the south face of the plaza, allowing the historic structure to maintain a unique identity while playing an important role in the overall composition.  

Two wings connect with a central core to form a Z-shaped plan. The four-level tower forms two outward-facing courtyards atop the podium. Circulation is concentrated along the west perimeter facade.

The tower’s energy-efficient exterior skin is easily maintained. A glass curtain wall allows office floors to take advantage of views and natural light while providing an appearance reflecting open government.

With its varied densities of patterned frit, the west facade balances daylight and mechanical constraints while creating an identity that sets it apart from traditional office buildings being developed in the area. A louvered screen frame wraps the north and south facade, providing sun control.

HOK designed the building, which is targeting LEED Gold certification, with Mark Cavagnero Associates.

LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED Gold anticipated

SIZE

264,000 sq. ft. / 24,500 sq. m. new
6,000 sq. ft. / 550 sq. m. renovated

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture

AWARDS

AIA San Francisco – Design Awards for Architecture, Citation Award

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce – Excellence in Business Ebbie Award, Building San Francisco

ENR California – Award of Merit, Government/Public Building

NEWS

3 December 2015
“San Francisco Public Safety Building Honored in Chamber of Commerce Awards”
HOK News

24 September 2015
“ENR California Recognizes Four HOK Projects as Best of 2015”
HOK News

8 July 2015
“Safe and Sound”
Architect’s Newspaper

25 May 2015
“San Francisco Public Safety Building Blends Security Needs with Design”
San Francisco Chronicle

16 April 2015
“Officials Celebrate Opening of State-of-the-Art Public Safety Building in Mission Bay”
San Francisco Examiner

30 March 2015
“Police and Fire Department Move into San Francisco Public Safety Building”
HOK News

25 April 2013
“Public Safety Building Taking Shape in Mission Bay”
Curbed San Francisco