September 8, 2008 Design Review Board Meeting

September 8, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Bayside Conference Room
Pier 1
Port of San Francisco

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Draft Minutes for July 7, 2008 and August 11, 2008 Meeting
  3. Exploratorium Relocation Project – Piers 15 and 17, City and County of San Francisco (Fourth Review) [ Exhibits 1.1MB]
    (Ming Yeung) [415-352-3616]The Design Review Board will hold a public hearing on a proposal to relocate the Exploratorium from the Palace of Fine Arts in the City and County of San Francisco to Piers 15 and 17 at the San Francisco waterfront. The proposed project would involve repair, renovation and seismic upgrades to the Pier 15 substructure, shed and bulkhead building to house the Exploratorium and the removal of an existing small office building and a portion of the paved parking area between Piers 15 and 17 known as the “valley” to create an open water area and “courtyard.” The project also includes the removal of an existing connector building at the east end of the valley and the construction of a new “Observatory” (formerly known as the bridge building) in its place. The proposed public access includes an approximately 29,750-square-foot entrance area from the Embarcadero into the courtyard plaza, an approximately 32,100-square-foot-area within the courtyard and along the south and east pier aprons, and an approximately 10,520-square-foot enclosed “Bayside History Walk” to showcase the internal structure of the Pier 15 bulkhead and pier shed.  This fourth public hearing will focus on the revisions to the proposed layout of the “courtyard” and public access plan, specific site furnishing details, and responses to the Board’s previous comments on the bus pull-outs and curb indents, the Observatory building, the mooring of ships along the east apron, proposed Phase 2 of the project, and the Pier 15 seismic joint.
  4. Adjournment

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