November 10, 2008 Design Review Board Meeting

November 10, 2008
6:30 p.m.
BCDC Conference Room
50 California St, Floor 26
San Francisco California, CA

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Draft Minutes for September 8, 2008 Meeting
  3. Exploratorium Relocation Project – Piers 15 and 17, City and County of San Francisco
    (Fifth Review)
    . This project will be reviewed jointly with the Port of San Francisco’s Waterfront Design Advisory Committee.
    The Design Review Board will hold a fifth 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, removal of a portion of the paved parking area between Piers 15 and 17 known as the “valley” and an existing small office building to create an open water area and “courtyard”, and 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 fifth public hearing will focus on the Observatory building cladding material, courtyard site furnishings, including benches, bike racks, trashcans and railings, and a proposed mechanical enclosure at the southwest apron.
    (Ming Yeung) [415-352-3616]
  4. Discussion and Possible Closed Session – San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s (BART) Project at the Ferry Plaza Platform, City and County of San Francisco (First Review)
    The Design Review Board will discuss a BART project at the Ferry Plaza platform in the City and County of San Francisco. The Board may vote to hold the discussion in closed session pursuant to California Government Code Section 11126(c)(18) which provides that a closed session may be held to consider matters that could compromise or impede the safety or security of state personnel, property, buildings, facilities or equipment.
    (Ming Yeung) [415-352-3616]
  5. Adjournment

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