San Francisco Public Safety Campus

Architect: HOK

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.

Jury Comments

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.

Additional information

Artist - Entry Lobby: Shimon Attie

Artist - South Plaza: Paul Koss

Commissioning: Enernoc

Construction Management Support Services: Vanir Construction Management Inc

Cost Estimating: M Lee Corporation

Cost Estimating: Davis Langdon (now AECOM)

Curtainwall Contractor: Permasteelisa North America

Electrical, Fire Alarm, Ajmani & Pamidi: Inc

Engineer - Civil: Telamon Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Engineer - Geotechnical: Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.

Environmental Graphics: Madeleine Corson Design

Exterior Maintenance: C. S. Caulkins

General Contractor: Charles Pankow Builders

Hardware: Door Hardware Consultants

Integrated Building Automation Systems: Smart Buildings

Landscape Architecture: Cliff Lowe Associates

LEED Consulting: Simon & Associates, Inc (now Thornton Tomasetti)

Lighting Design: JS Nolan + Associates

MEP, Systems Integration, Façade and Code Consultant; Arup

Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Protection: SJ Engineers

Photographer: Tim Griffith Photography

Programming: McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie

Radio, Communications: CDX Wireless

Structural: SOHA Engineers

Tel/Data/AV, Acoustic, Security Electronics: Smith, Fause & McDonald

Threat Assessment: Kroll

Threat Mitigation: Hinman Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Vertical Transportation: Syska Hennessy

Waterproofing: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger


2017 Justice Facilities Review Jury

Michael E. LeBoeuf, FAIA (Chair), Little, Orlando, Florida

Alfred Degranfinreid II, Metropolitan Nashville Government, Nashville, Tennessee

Daniel Redstone, FAIA, Redstone Architects, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

David Clusiau, Assoc. AIA, NORR Limited Architects & Engineers, Toronto

Kathy Schley, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, Michigan

Rona Rothenberg, FAIA, County of Alameda, Oakland, California

Thomas Hoepf, FAIA, exp, Chicago

Image credits

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Tim Griffith

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Tim Griffith

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Tim Griffith

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Tim Griffith

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