What's New in SF
By: A Jackson
What’s New in SF SFJAZZ Opens New SFJAZZ Center in the Heart of San Francisco
Completion Date: January 2013
The $64 million, SFJAZZ Center opened on Jan. 21, 2013 and is built specifically for jazz music and audiences alike. It is the first concert hall of its kind in the United States: a freestanding performance venue with flexible seating and staging for artists of every stature. The Hayes Valley location is just blocks from Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The 35,000-square-foot, transparent structure designed by Mark Cavagnero of Mark Cavagnero Associates, features a flexible, 700-seat performance hall, dedicated space for education and professional development; three rehearsal spaces; a digital music lab, and a soon-to-open, sidewalk-level restaurant/café from Charles Phan of The Slanted Door fame. Cavagnero recently completed the Oakland Museum of California expansion. For information visit www.sfjazz.org or call 415-398-5655. Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum of Craft and Design Settles into New Home in Dogpatch’s American Industrial Center
Completion Date: April 6, 2013
The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) opened a new 8,500-square-foot space in the historic American Industrial Center, 2569 Third St., in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood on April 6, 2013. The new facility allows provides the MCD with expanded exhibition space and its first-ever dedicated education room for its popular public programs, including MakeArt workshops and special craft and design panels. The new location comes following MCD’s year-long search for a suitable facility that would allow for the continued growth of the museum's artistic mission and future exhibition schedule, including an upcoming Herman Miller exhibit. MCD’s addition to the neighborhood supports the continued transformation of the Dogpatch area into a thriving enclave for arts, culture, dining and entertainment. Dating to 1915 the three-block-long American Industrial Center structure was originally home to American Can Company, fitting in with the industrial and manufacturing industries in the area at the time. Today, as Dogpatch has evolved and benefitted from public access provided by San Francisco’s Third Street light rail, the building houses a mix of tenants including San Francisco Art Institute, architects, artists, photographers and graphic designers. For information visit www.sfmcd.org or call 415-773-0303. Media contact: Wendy Norris, 415-307-3853, email@example.com.
Exploratorium Moves to the Embarcadero Pier 15
Completion Date: April 17, 2013
On April 17, 2013, just in advance of the 34th America’s Cup, the Exploratorium opened its new waterfront home at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green Street. The Exploratorium is San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed museum of science, considered the global leader in informal learning. This historic renovation project provides a campus that triples the Exploratorium’s indoor and outdoor space to 330,000 square feet, including a new glass Bay Observatory building, which invites visitors to explore the invisible dynamics of both the bay and city. The Exploratorium’s new home also features 1.5 acres of public space, opening spectacular views previously unavailable for decades, and the ability to circumnavigate Pier 15 through a series of pedestrian bridges. Located between Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, the new Exploratorium is a newly polished gem for San Francisco’s waterfront that includes a new “town square,” large scale outdoor exhibits and art works in the public space, as well as a ticketed outdoor gallery for the first time, the goal of a net-zero energy building, and 600 exhibits at the center of the city and at a nexus of public transit, vastly improving access for all. For information visit www.exploratorium.edu or www.press.exploratorium.edu. Media contact: Linda Dackman, 415-528-4363, firstname.lastname@example.org or Leslie Patterson, 415 528-4377, email@example.com.
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Retrofit Slated to Finish in 2013
Completion Date: 2013
Completed in 1936, the Bay Bridge earned the honor of being declared the seventh wonder of the world in 1955 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is currently undergoing a major seismic retrofit, the most ambitious public works project in California history. Slated for completion in 2013, the estimated cost of the new bridge is $6.416 billion. The seismic retrofit of the west span has already been completed; the east span of the bridge is being replaced with an elegant skyway made up of 452 pre-cast concrete slabs. The bridge is the first construction project to be featured on Google Earth. The new east span features the world’s largest self-anchored suspension span, which will also be the first bridge of its kind constructed with a single tower. The complexity of the project is heightened with the need to accommodate a daily flow of 280,000 vehicles and minimize closures. The expected lifespan of this mighty bay behemoth is 150 years. More than 25,000 individually programmable, energy-efficient LED lights are being mounted on the vertical cables of the western span of the bridge to create the world’s largest LED light sculpture; the grand lighting ceremony is scheduled for March 2013. For information, visit www.thebaylights.org or www.dot.ca.gov/baybridge. Media contacts: Bay Bridge Public Information Office, 510-286-7167 or Tami Kelly, 925-640-9997, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treasure Island Redevelopment Plans Include Hotels, Residential Units
Construction Begins: 2014
Development plans for Treasure Island, a manmade island located just west of the mid-point of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, include approximately 500 hotel rooms, up to 8,000 new residential units, a 400-slip marina, restaurants, retail and entertainment venues — plus nearly 300 acres of parks and public open space, including shoreline access and culture uses such as a museum. The development will be clustered around a new ferry terminal and is designed to prioritize walking, biking and public transit. Already projected to be the most environmentally-sustainable large development project in U.S. history, the project was recently announced as one of 16 founding projects of the Clinton Climate Initiative's Climate Positive Development Program. For information visit www.sftreasureisland.org or call 415-274-0660. Media contact: Francis Tsang, 415-554-6131 Francis.Tsang@sfgov.org or email@example.com.
New Cruise Terminal Slated for Pier 27
Completion Date: Fall 2014
Innovation, the environment and economic development will come together at Pier 27 as the Port of San Francisco renovates this 10-acre pier into a cruise terminal and two-acre public plaza. The Port will convert Pier 27 into a cruise terminal and community facility that will meet the evolved security and passenger demands of the industry. It will also be configured to allow recreational and special event uses when not occupied for maritime uses, such as cruise ships, Fleet Week and diplomatic naval ship calls. Sustainable construction features of the terminal will include reuse of the existing pier and shed, building to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) practices, and aiming for a carbon-neutral terminal. For information visit www.sfport.com or call 415-274-0400. Media contact: Renee Dunn Martin, Port of San Francisco, 415-274-0488, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Campus of the University of California San Francisco Speeds Pace of Biomedical Research
Completion Date (Medical Center): 2015
Visitors to the city arriving via highway I-280 will notice ongoing construction adjacent to the freeway. This is the 43-acre campus of UC San Francisco at Mission Bay, a new life sciences campus for teaching and research. The anchor of the city’s Mission Bay development, the campus is being constructed in phases and at full build-out will have 20 structures. January 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of the campus, which now is home to three Nobel laureates and more than 2,500 scientists and research staff, as well as dozens of new startup companies that have spun out of UC research labs. The campus includes six research buildings, a campus community center, student housing, parking structures and open space, surrounded by a growing community of bioscience companies and venture capital firms. UCSF also is constructing a new medical center at Mission Bay. The 289-bed, integrated medical center will serve children, women and cancer patients, and will open in February 2015. For more information, visit www.ucsf.edu. Media contact: UCSF Public Affairs, 415-502-NEWS.
Public Realm Plan Brings Fisherman’s Wharf a Makeover and Upgrade
Completion Date: 2015
The redesign of Jefferson Street from Powell to Hyde streets gives pedestrians the highest priority in terms of the quality of materials and the design of new mini-plazas that will allow visitors to stop, relax and take in the scene. Sidewalks will provide generous space for outdoor dining, public seating, informal performance space and landscaping. Traffic on Jefferson Street will be limited to no more than 10-15 mph, giving pedestrians the opportunity to safely cross the street. The Public Realm Plan proposes a parking wayfinding signage program that will direct drivers approaching from both the east and west to the most convenient parking structure or lot. New design guidelines will ensure a substantially higher quality of architecture, including ground floor design, materials, massing, articulation and fenestration in new development. The plan also calls for improved intersections and street segments, with pedestrian corner plazas, shortened crossing distances, pedestrian scale lighting and landscaping. The plan has identified a number of other locations for new and refurbished public open spaces. For information visit www.sf-planning.org. Media contact: Neil Hrushowy, Ph.D., M.S., Planner/Urban Designer, San Francisco Planning Department, 415-558-6471, email@example.com.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Plans to Triple Gallery and Public Spaces
Completion Date: 2016
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is planning a transformative building expansion that will triple its gallery and public spaces; offer enhanced exhibition and educational programs; and showcase its expanded permanent collection, which includes the Fisher Collection—one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world — along with other major gifts to the museum through the recent Collections Campaign. Developed by architectural firm Snøhetta in collaboration with SFMOMA, the expansion will provide an additional 120,000 square feet of gallery and public space, as well as create new pedestrian routes on the site that enliven the streets surrounding the museum, offer free-access ground-level galleries, and add new outdoor terraces and a new sculpture garden, further opening up the building and connecting it to the city. The $555 million project includes $230 million for SFMOMA’s current 100 million endowment. SFMOMA last completed a major expansion in 1995 when it moved from rented space in the War Memorial building across from San Francisco’s City Hall to the distinctive Mario Botta-designed structure on Third Street. The new SFMOMA will be Snøhetta’a first building on the West Coast. Initial design concepts were unveiled in the spring of 2011 and updated in fall of 2011 with additional spaces and new capacities. For information visit www.sfmoma.org or call 415-357-4000; a video about SFMOMA’s expansion is available at http://www.sfmoma.org/our_expansion/expansion_project. Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-357-4172, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Grand Central of the West” — Transbay Transit Center Will Create Regional Transit Hub
Completion Date: August 2017
The $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center Project will replace the current Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Streets in San Francisco with a modern regional transit hub connecting eight counties in the Bay Area and the state of California through 11 transit systems: AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, Muni, SamTrans, WestCAT Lynx, Amtrak, Paratransit including future high speed rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The current Transbay Terminal was constructed in 1939 and no longer met current or future transportation needs of the region or state. The new one-million-square-foot, five-story Transbay Transit Center will feature a 5.4-acre public park on the roof. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new multi-modal facility were held on Aug. 11, 2010. For information, visit www.transbaycenter.org. Media contact: 415-597-4620, email@example.com.
Central Subway to Provide Critical Transportation Links to Southeast Neighborhoods
Completion Date: 2018
The Central Subway is Phase 2 of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Third Street Light Rail Program, one of the most significant capital investments for the nation’s seventh largest transit system. Phase 1 of the 6.8 -mile project, the T-Third Line, began operating in April 2007 and restored light rail service to the residents along the Third Street corridor of San Francisco for the first time in 50 years. The Central Subway will provide rail service into Chinatown, one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the Bay Area not currently served by modern rail transportation. The new, 1.7 -mile light rail line will provide a direct connection to SOMA, Moscone Center, Union Square and Chinatown. It will also connect the Mission Bay community, the new University of California San Francisco campus and the revitalized Bayview-Hunters Point to downtown and improve regional connections to BART and Caltrain, the Bay Area’s two largest regional commuter rail services. For information visit www.sfmta.com/central or call 415-701-4371. Media contact: Paul Rose, 415-601-1637, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today: Seawall Lot 337 – Tomorrow: Mission Rock
Completion Date: To Be Determined
Seawall Lot 337 (SWL 337) is a 16-acre site at the Port of San Francisco, located near China Basin Channel in the Mission Bay area. Currently used as a surface parking lot in support of AT&T Park, the site also includes the adjacent Pier 48 warehouse. In May 2010, the San Francisco Port Commission approved an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement for this development opportunity to Seawall Lot 337 Associates. The phased development plan includes space for retail, office, residential, events, exhibits, and parking, with more than seven acres of public open space, offering sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. For information visit www.sfport.com or call 415-274-0400. Media contact: Renee Martin, Port of San Francisco, 415-274-0488, email@example.com.
San Francisco’s Most Recent Developments:
Pier 43 Promenade Links with The Embarcadero Promenade
Completion Date: December 2012
Once a dilapidated parking lot located near the Ferry Arch, the $10 million, newly constructed Pier 43 Promenade is now an 8,000-square-foot plaza adjacent to Pier 45 resting upon an upgraded section of the seawall. This new public promenade will serve millions of visitors each year, allowing them to pause and enjoy the view, with new lighting and picnic tables. Located in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Pier 43 Promenade extends The Embarcadero Promenade two blocks from Powell to Taylor Streets, reaching Pier 45, the fishing industry and crab stands along Taylor Street. For information visit www.sfport.com or call 415-274-0400. Media contact: Renee Dunn Martin, Port of San Francisco, 415-274-0488, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metreon Celebrates Yerba Buena Gardens
Completion Date: October 2012
New offerings and an improved design are at the heart of the renewed Metreon, 101 Fourth St. Designed to appeal to and draw more consumers to the 360,000-square-foot facility at Yerba Buena Gardens, the improvements by owner Westfield celebrate the park, improve the visitor experience, and complement nearby cultural and entertainment activities. A customer friendly design makes it easier to navigate and the building is lighter and brighter inside and out. A redesigned mid-block entry on Fourth Street serves as the new main entrance and new retail entrances open to the street. A relocated food court and dining terrace overlook the park and include outdoor seating. Tenants are local, regional and national and include the new City Target which opened in October 2012. For information visit http://westfield.com/metreon or call 415-369-6002. Media contact: Heather Almond, 415-512-6776, email@example.com.
GLBT Historical Society Signs Lease for New Exhibit Space in Castro District
Completion Date: January 2011
The GLBT Historical Society has opened at an additional location in the heart of the Castro at 4127 18th St. The 1,600-square-foot exhibit space is housed in a former coin laundry. Walgreens drugstore occupies part of the footprint and paid for all remodeling of the interior space. The Castro location debuted with a soft opening surveying each element of the GLBT society archives including scrapbooks, periodicals, ephemera, clothing, original photographs and a few surprises. For information visit www.glbthistory.org or call 415-777-5455. Media contact: Paul Boneberg, 415-777-5455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco International Airport Remodels Terminal Two into New Domestic Hub
Completion Date: April 2011
The remodeling of San Francisco International Airport’s former international terminal (Terminal Two) into a new domestic terminal is completed. Vacant since 2000 when international carriers moved into the new international terminal, the old terminal remodeling plans were spurred by an eight percent increase in air traffic from June 2007 to June 2008, a result of a steady growth in international traffic and the start-up of three new domestic carriers: Virgin America Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines. The $383 million, 587,000-square-foot project has transformed the structure from a 10-gate wide-body facility into a 13 narrow-body and single wide-body configuration for domestic airlines. T2 is LEED Gold certified and one of the most modern and sustainable terminals in the United States, with features such as the re-use of most of the existing structure, expanded use of pre-conditioned air and 400 Hz ground power at all gates to reduce jet fuel emissions, use of natural lighting, aggressive recycling policies for all tenants and many other efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SFO’s Domestic Terminal 2 is home to San Francisco-based Virgin America and American Airlines (relocated from Terminal 3). T2 also includes a spa, children’s play areas, restaurant and retail space. The terminal is designed by Gensler Architects and Michael Willis Architects. For information visit www.flysfo.com. Media contact: Doug Yakel, 650-821-4000, email@example.com.
Renovated and Expanded Oakland Museum of California
Opening Date: May 1, 2010
Created in 1969 as a “museum for the people,” the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) reopened on May 1, 2010. Still anchored to its founding vision, the museum is introducing innovative exhibitions and programming in a building that has been completely renovated and expanded. The $62.2 million project includes art, history and natural science exhibits that feature visitor-generated content; installations that provide multiple perspectives on California art, history and nature; unconventional exhibition design that draws on the aesthetic of theater stage sets; exhibitions that reflect the experiences of different migrant groups, supported by multilingual wall text in English, Spanish and Chinese; and “transparent” wall text that provides insight into research and choices by curators and other museum staff. For the first time the museum has a dedicated space for media works. The Gallery of California Art holds more than 800 works from OMCA’s collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive holdings of California art in the world. The Gallery of California History tells the story of Coming to California and employs more than 2,200 historical artifacts, works of art, ethnographic materials and original photographs to illuminate the influence of successive waves of migration. A new Gallery of California Natural Sciences is slated to open in June 2013. For information visit www.museumca.org or call 510-238-2200. Media contact: Kelly Koski, 510-318-8453, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco
Opening Date: Oct. 1, 2009
Three historic buildings within the Presidio of San Francisco now house 10 galleries devoted to the inspiring story of Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disneyland and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name. Disney’s story is portrayed through drawings he made in his youth; drawings and cartoons from his first company, Laugh-O-gram Films; early drawings of Mickey Mouse; storyboards, a Disney innovation; the technically innovative Multiplane Camera; the narrow-gauge Lilly Belle train he built for his Hollywood home and a model of the Disneyland that sprang from his imagination. Throughout the exhibits there are also film clips, concept art, scripts, musical scores and cameras used to create his characters and films. His family is represented in photographs, artifacts, home movies and personal correspondence. More than 200 video monitors are incorporated in the museum as well as a wide range of materials and technologies, including interactive displays. The museum includes a 123-seat screening facility, a learning center, a store and a café. All admission to the museum will be by timed entry tickets. For information visit www.waltdisney.org or call 415-345-6800. Media contact: Andrea Wang, 415-345-6816, email@example.com.
“The Greenest Museum in the World” - California Academy of Sciences
Opening Date: Sept. 27, 2008
The new California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., opened in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Sept. 27, 2008. Four years and $488 million in the making, the facility combines an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and scientific research and education facilities. The Academy houses the world's largest all-digital planetarium, a four-story living rainforest, and the world's deepest display of living corals, all under the same roof, a living one at that. An embodiment of the Academy's mission to explore, explain and protect the natural world, it is topped with a 2.5-acre living roof planted with native California species, and employs a wide range of energy-saving materials and technologies. The new building blends seamlessly into the landscape of Golden Gate Park. More than 38,000 live animals fill the new Academy's aquarium and natural history exhibits. On Oct. 7, 2008 the U.S. Green Building Council issued its formal rating for the new building, awarding the Renzo Piano-designed facility with its highest possible certification: LEED Platinum, making it the “greenest museum in the world.” For information visit www.calacademy.org or call 415-379-8000. Media contact: Andrew Ng, 415-379-5123, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Mendez, 415-379-5133, email@example.com.
Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)
Opening Date: June 8, 2008
The new home of the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), 736 Mission St., opened June 8, 2008. Under the creative direction of architect Daniel Libeskind, the $47.5 million, 63,000 square-foot museum is an adaptive reuse of the landmark 1907 Jessie Street Power Substation with an extension clad in 3,000 vibrant blue steel panels. The building embodies a number of symbolic references to Jewish and Kabbalistic concepts. Libeskind was inspired by the Hebrew phrase “l’chaim” (to life) because of its connection to the role the substation played in restoring energy to San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and the museum’s mission to be a lively center for engaging audiences with Jewish culture. For information visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800. Media contact: Melanie Samay, 415-655-7833, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Francisco Travel Association is the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, packages, activities and more, visit www.sanfrancisco.travel or call 415-391-2000. The Visitor Information Center is located at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, near the Powell Street cable car turnaround.
For an insider’s perspective, join more than 500,000 people who follow San Francisco Travel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/onlyinsf and more than 100,000 who follow “OnlyinSF” on Twitter at http://twitter.com/onlyinsf.
American Express® is the official Card partner of the San Francisco Travel Association.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 31 international points on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 75 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit flysfo.com. Follow SFO on twitter.com/flysfo and facebook.com/flysfo.
# # #
Note to editors: Photos and press releases are available at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/media/.
More Recent Articlesview all
San Francisco Convention Update, July - August 2014
LGBT, Donna Sachet, Summer, San Francisco
San Francisco Travel’s new offices
Media Assistance Form
> For assistance with story ideas or travel itineraries to San Francisco, please complete and return the Media Assistance Form.
> Once submitted, a member of the San Francisco Travel Media Relations team will respond via email within 24-48 hours. For immediate assistance with U.S. and Canadian requests, please contact Laurie Armstrong at email@example.com. For all requests outside of the U.S. and Canada, please contact Angela Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.