Civic Design Review Committee - September 19, 2016 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
September 19, 2016 - 3:00pm
401 Van Ness, Suite 125
san francisco, CA 94102


Monday, September 19, 2016
3:00 p.m.
401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 125





Committee Chair Kimberlee Stryker called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.

  1. Roll Call
    Commissioners Present
    Kimberlee Stryker, Chair
    Dorka Keehn
    Abby Sadin Schnair
    Paul Woolford

    ​Commissioners Absent

    Staff Present
    Jill Manton, Director, Public Art Trust and Special Initiatives
    Aleta Lee, Program Associate, Public Art Trust and Special Initiatives

  2. Public Comment
    There was no public comment.

  3. Consent Calendar
    There was no public comment, and the Consent Calendar was approved unanimously as follows.
    1. Motion to approve Phase 3 of the SFO Building 624.

  4. SFO Airport Hotel Project: Conceptual Review
    Mark Hornberger, Project Designer and Architect, Hornberger + Worstell
    Sarah Garcia, Project Manager, SFO
    Cliff Lowe, Landscape Architect, Cliff Lowe Associates, Inc.

    The design team presented the project, including the design concept, detailed views of the project site, site perspectives, precedent images, and concept development of the hotel design. The concept development included massing studies which provided several schemes of building forms to fit the unique space and respond to the site geometry. The team also provided a cross section of the structure to show the assigned programming for the different parts of the building. Specifically, the illustration showed the entrance of the hotel from the Airtrain, an important arrival point for at least sixty percent of their users. The team was most favorable about Scheme Four: Curve, which provides a curved form and adjacent rectangular forms next to and within the curve.

    The Committee expressed that they also preferred Scheme Four, however, they wanted the team to further explore the organic fluidity of the curve in relation the adjacent rectangular form of the Airtrain side of the hotel. The Committee was also concerned about the façades of the building, especially the visual experience and view from the drivers coming from the north. The Committee encouraged the team to provide multiple façade designs for the following review as well as to provide options for curtain walls and the exterior. The Committee suggested the team come back for an Informal Review before coming in for the Schematic phase.

    There was no public comment.

  5. SFO Ground Transportation Unit Relocation Project: Phase #2
    Paulett Taggart, Project Designer, Paulett Taggart Architects
    Derrick Homer, Project Manager, SFO
    Eric Robinson, Architect, Paulett Taggart Architects
    David Fletcher, Landscape Architect, Fletcher Studio

    The design team began their presentation by reviewing the existing site, precedent images, site and floor plan, and the updated designs of the building elevations. Performing sun studies on the building, they discovered that the building blocked most of the sun and eliminated the sun shades from the previous design. In addition, the team paired down the canopy piece to a free standing amenity. Overall they brought the building down to its bare essentials and showcased a simpler design.

    The Committee thought the design team did a great job in making an industrial project look so reductive and handsome. The only recommendation they had was to soften the landscaping and boulders in the front of the building. They also suggested that this project might be a candidate for presentation at the full Commission meeting.

    There was no further public comment, and the motion was unanimously approved as follows.

    Motion to approve Phase #2 of the SFO Ground Transportation Unit Relocation Project. 

  6. SFFD Ambulance Deployment Facility: Conceptual Review
    Reggie Stump, Project Designer and Architect, Public Works
    Tim Kempf, Project Manager, Public Works

    Commissioner Paul Woolford leaves at 4pm.

    The design team began by presenting the project description, schedule, and budget of the project. They then described the site context and site plan, indicating the project’s unique location. With an entrance from McKinnon Avenue and exit on Jerrold Avenue, the project location lies in the middle of the block, sandwiched in between warehouses, storage buildings, and Fire Station #9. In their concept development they provided sketches, massing illustrations, and precedent images of building exteriors, interior materials, and forms of sustainability. Additionally, the team provided proposals of floor plans for each level of the building.

    The Committee stressed the importance of planning the project to bring light, air, and circulation to the project site, especially within such a contained space. They also recommended planning for sea level rise, as the project site was just within the sea level rise zone.

    There was no public comment.

  7. Visual Arts Committee Update
    Commissioner Keehn reported that the Jorge Pardo artwork for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit has been revised. Tom DeCaigny, Commissioner Keehn, and SFAC staff met with various art organizations, recently Art Alliance, and individual Commissioners to discuss the artwork and received support and positive feedback. Next they will meet with the Mayor.

    Commissioner Keehn then reported about a recent meeting with the Airport Art Steering Committee. The overall art program concept for Terminal 1 was approved with the Airport Art Steering Committee. It would then need to go to the Visual Arts Committee and full Commission for approval. She mentioned that one of the challenges in siting artworks in the terminal include the flux and fluidity of the interior, and the lack of clarity in materials and use of space at this stage of design.

    Lastly, Commissioner Keehn shared that they are moving forward with the public art component of the Southeast Treatment Plant Headworks project. She mentioned that they will be selecting artists from pre-qualified pools and past projects, and that the project team is very open to artists being part of the collaboration of the building design. A challenge expressed is that the design build is at 75% and the wall is not fully designed.

  8. Staff Report
    Jill Manton mentioned that there may need to be an alternate date for the November’s Civic Design Review public meeting. The regularly scheduled meeting on November 21st occurs on the week of Thanksgiving holiday. She suggested an alternate date, November 14th, for the Civic Design Review meeting instead. She will check in with all Commissioners to see if they are available for the alternative date.

  9. New Business and Announcements
    Chair Kimberlee Stryker shared that she has been meeting with Commissioners and SFAC staff individually to get feedback on Civic Design Review and would like to report back on the discussions and ideas in the next meeting. 

  10. Adjournment 
    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:36 p.m.
    posted 10/3/16, 10:45 a.m., akl

    approved 11/7/16


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