San Francisco Public Safety Campus
Associated firm: Mark Cavagnero Associates
Location: San Francisco
Awarded a citation
Critical civic services, such as the city's police headquarters and a local fire station, are consolidated in this unifying, resilient structure located in an emerging district.
Located in the city's emerging Mission Bay district, the 307,000-square-foot San Francisco Public Safety Campus represents a significant investment in a prominent public facility. State-of-the-art engineering and a landmark scale unite in a highly resilient structure that consolidates critical civic services under one roof: the city's police headquarters, a relocated district police station, and a local fire station. The complex also incorporates an historic fire station renovated for community use.
Project stakeholders established five overarching goals to guide decision-making for the project: responsible use of public funds, a quality and durable work environment, safety and security for occupants and the public, a sustainably focused building that exemplifies the city's commitment to environmentally responsible development, and a beautiful civic building that is responsive yet distinct from surrounding development. Certified LEED Gold, the project is designed to thoughtfully engage the site to align user needs and efficient environmental performance.
A concrete plinth establishes a secure base for the towers, which are enclosed with a variegated, high-performance glass curtain wall. Two 63-foot-wide bars connect via a transparent east-west oriented core to form an offset H-configuration that tempers the tower's perceived massing from the street and facilitates the penetration of daylight and views into the building's interior. A delicate louvered metal scrim, floating apart from the structure, wraps the towers from north to south, minimizing unwanted glare and heat gain while providing an overarching unifying identity for the development.
This is a strong civic landmark with with clear and restrained exterior massing and planning. Considering that the new building is much larger, the design is surprisingly sensitive to the existing fire station in scale. Its use of solar shading devices is well integrated into the overall design.