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04.26.2010
Big Green Box
RFQ seeks to rehab Hunters Point building as sustainability incubator
It may not look like much, but this old Navy building holds great potential for the further greening of San Francisco.
Courtesy SF OEWD

There are high hopes for this adaptive-reuse project in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood, which is gearing up to be a model business center of the future and underpin the area’s economic growth. The building at Crisp Road and Spear Avenue will contain the local offices for the UN Global Compact, devoted to promoting sustainable business practices worldwide. The rest of the space is conceived as an incubator for clean-tech startups.

Appropriately, the winning bid will have to be very green, with LEED Platinum (for core and shell, since this is a remodel) as the goal. There’s plenty to work with: The 1948 Navy warehouse has 260,000 square feet of space and was built to last with a sturdy steel frame.

The building has more than 260,000 square feet in need of reuse.

The project is being managed by the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) in partnership with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. The federal government has chipped in $7.25 million to come up with a plan and do some initial renovation in a first phase. The overall budget is estimated at $35 million.

“We’re really excited to see what people come up with,” said Kelly Pretzer, a project manager at the OEWD. The RFQ [.PDF] is seeking a project management team that will include architecture, engineering, and construction, as well as financial analysis and marketing expertise.

Lydia Lee