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San Francisco Public Safety Building

San Francisco, California

This new public safety campus establishes a civic anchor within a busy city corridor in the Mission Bay district. The shared municipal building, which brings together San Francisco’s police headquarters, a district police station and a fire station, blends into the neighborhood while establishing a strong presence befitting a civic landmark.

The master plan unifies the new campus, composed of two six-story wings and the two-story fire station, into a striking civic complex. A gracious entry plaza and south plaza connect with generously landscaped sidewalks, reinforcing the historic fire station’s important role on the site.

Selected to symbolize transparency in government, a variegated, high-performance glass surrounds the building, which has a secure concrete plinth base.

Two 63-foot-long office wings connect via a transparent east-west oriented core to form an offset H-configuration that tempers the perceived massing from the street. This provides daylight, views and natural ventilation for occupants. A delicate louvered metal scrim, floating apart from the structure, wraps the towers from north to south and minimizes unwanted glare and heat gain.

Other sustainable elements for the LEED Gold facility include green roofs, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and plumbing, solar hot water heating, an active chilled-beam cooling system and healthy building materials.

HOK collaborated on the design with Mark Cavagnero Associates.

264,000 sq. ft. / 24,500 sq. m.
6,000 sq. ft. / 560 sq. m.
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award
ENR California Best Projects – Government/Public Building
AIA San Francisco Design Awards – Citation
AIA Justice Facilities Review Citation
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