Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New MTA bus facility near Islais Creek

A 5.32 acre facility will be located between Islais Creek, Cesar Chavez, Indiana and I-280 at the northern gateway of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.

by Robin Chiang President, Friends of Islais Creek

SF Municipal Transportation Agency's new bus facility will have the capacity to maintain and operate 165 buses and provide a comfortable work environment for more than 300 employees.
Community and Bay Conservation Development Commission input encouraged SFMTA to position employee break rooms (including a deck) and a public lobby on the waterfront so that eyes and activities in the 41,000 square foot main building will focus on the creek.

The facility's design showcases sustainability (the "sawtooth" roof exposes large surfaces to the south for solar panels and vertical surfaces to the north for diffused glazing), security (gridded metal protecting waterfront glazing and durable fencing all around) and community amenity (waterfront promenade with ship shape sculpture, 2 story public lobby for labor history and butterfly meadow under I-280).

SFMTA initiated the project in 1990 and construction began in 2010 with paving of the site, installing a public access promenade on the waterfront, and building a fuel and wash pavilion and staff services annex.

Construction of the main building should begin by the end of 2012 unless SFMTA transfers the dedicated funds for a project to update portions of the Woods facility nearby on 22nd Street.

Contact Robin Chiang for more information.

Owner: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Public Partners: Caltrans, Bay Conservation Development Commission, SF Public Utilities Commission, SF Arts Commission, SF Department of Public Works.
Community Partners: Bayview Hunters Point neighbors, Dogpatch neighbors, Copra Crane Labor Landmark Association, Friends of Islais Creek
Construction: S.J. Amoroso
Engineering: URS Engineers, YEI Engineers
Architecture: Robin Chiang & Company
Landscape Architecture: Keller Mitchell
Sculpture: Nobuho Nagasawa

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