Enhancement Projects

Project Name Description
DEM – 911 Call Center Renovation

San Francisco’s 911 Call Center needs capital improvements to support workstation replacements that will require an expansion of the existing operations floor. The workstations are reaching the end of their useful life and need to be replaced by 2021; the maintenance contract is expiring, and replacement parts are already in short supply. To accommodate the larger footprint of contemporary fire dispatch workstations, the floor will need to be reconfigured. The Call Center also needs an elevated supervisor bridge, which would require ADA work. The expansion will displace DEM’s executive offices along with other administrative personnel who will need to be relocated.


The estimated budget for this renovation project and associated relocations is $9.2 million, planned for funding in the proposed 2020 ESER G.O. Bond, pending voter approval.

FIR & PUC – Emergency Firefighting Water System

The Emergency Firefighting Water System (EFWS) is the City’s high-pressure emergency fire protection system. The system includes two pump stations, two storage tanks, one reservoir, and approximately 135 miles of pipes and 150 functional cisterns. Additionally, the system includes 52 suction connections along the northeastern waterfront, which allow fire engines to pump water from San Francisco Bay, and fireboats that supply seawater by pumping into any of the five manifolds connected to pipes. Implementing the expansion of EFWS on the west side will be prioritized for upcoming funding, beginning with the Phase 1 as described above.


Funding for continued improvements to the EFWS primarily comes from the ESER G.O. Bond program; $102.4 million and $54.1 million were authorized and issued for the project in the 2010 and 2014 ESER Bonds, respectively. Future funding of $153.5 million is anticipated in the proposed 2020 ESER Bond, pending voter approval. Of that, $140 million is planned to deliver west side EFWS improvements. In addition, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to support $53.8 million in west side EFWS improvements using Water Revenue Bonds; those funds are shown in Chapter 9: Infrastructure and Streets. Future work is expected to be funded through the ESER 2027 G.O. Bond.

FIR – Neighborhood Fire Stations

Driven by a comprehensive SFFD Capital Improvement Plan, the Neighborhood Fire Stations program addresses the most urgently needed repairs and improvements to critical firefighting facilities and infrastructure. Projects can be comprehensive, focused, or seismic in scope. Comprehensive renovations correct all deficiencies pertaining to emergency response and health and safety issues and include renovation, renewal, or replacement of major building systems to promote station functionality for at least 15 years. Focused scope projects correct deficiencies of selected building components and promote station functionality for up to 10 years. Seismic improvements bring stations up to current building codes and include a comprehensive remodel. Priority stations include stations 3, 7, 8, and 40.


This program is funded primarily through the ESER General Obligation Bond program; $66.9 million and $80.4 million were authorized in the ESER 2010 and ESER 2014 bonds, respectively, and all bonds have been issued. Future funding of $125 million is anticipated in the proposed ESER 2020 Bond, pending voter approval.

FIR – Treasure Island 
Fire House Replacement

The Treasure Island fire station is being torn down as part of the Island’s greater development plan. Once redevelopment proceeds, a new fire station is planned to be built to meet the needs of the island’s occupants and visitors.


The budget for this project is estimated at $20 million and will be entirely developer-funded.

Multiple Departments – Earthquake Safety Priority Facilities

San Francisco continually reviews and assesses the seismic risks throughout our portfolio of public facilities. Risks at many vulnerable buildings have already been mitigated or funded, but needs persist at some, including ones with important first response functions. Tackling seismic strengthening needs in those public facilities with the worst expected damage and casualty rates from a major earthquake event is an important piece of protecting public safety.


The budget for this program is $70 million in the proposed 2020 ESER Bond, pending voter approval.

Multiple Departments –
JFIP HOJ Relocation Projects

The Adult Probation Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and some SFPD staff will be relocated from seismically unsafe Hall of Justice into leased properties. Some staff still will remain at the Hall. This HOJ Relocation project would encompass acquiring property needed for the permanent closure of the HOJ; the tenant improvements needed to remove the remaining staff from the Bryant Street wing of the Hall: consolidating the few remaining City offices on the Harriet Street side and acquired properties once obtained; and solving for remaining Courts-related dependencies on the Hall jails such as holding.


The budget for this set of projects is estimated at $131 million and is programmed for FY2020 Certificates of Participation.

Multiple Departments – 
JFIP HOJ Demolition and Enclosure

The demolition of the Bryant Street side of the Hall of Justice is necessary to make room for the future consolidation of Courts-related operations at that site. The Courts will need to remain operational during and after demolition in the enclosed Harriet Street wing of 
the building.


The budget for this project is estimated at $55 million and is planned for funding with FY2025 Certificates of Participation.

Multiple Departments – 
JFIP HOJ Consolidation Plan

A downtown hub that co-locates Courts-related functions and services for justice-involved populations is the most efficient use of space and resources for San Francisco’s criminal justice system. Building in this way will enable the consolidation of justice functions spread across various buildings in the area, including the leases at 350 Rhode Island and 945 Bryant Street.


Once funding for the Courts is secure, planning can begin in earnest for a consolidated justice campus. Meanwhile, the project budget is estimated at $417 million in FY2028 Certificates of Participation.

Multiple Departments – 
Public Safety Training Facilities

SFFD, SFPD, and the Sheriff’s Department have all identified training facility needs. SFFD currently rents a facility on Treasure Island, which will be demolished as part of the Island’s redevelopment plan, and the department’s second facility in the Mission District is too small to accommodate all training operations. The Police Academy facility does not have adequate floor space to accommodate training programs for the department’s officers and needs to expand. The Sheriff’s Department has been using the old County Jail #6 facility for training as needed, but that building needs to be brought up to code and reconfigured to serve its current purpose.


This project will be prioritized in the proposed ESER 2020 G.O. Bond with an estimated budget of $150 million. Given the time-sensitive need for SFFD to relocate, that department’s timeline and requirements will have first consideration in project development. Other departments’ needs may be incorporated as budget and schedule allow.

POL – Police Facilities Retrofits 
and Improvements

According to Seismic Hazard Rating (SHR) studies completed in 2018, Ingleside and Taraval Stations were both found to have an SHR 4 rating, an expected total or partial collapse structural performance level. These seismic retrofits are the SFPD’s top priority for the ESER G.O. Bond Program. The estimated cost for each structural retrofit and complementary station improvements is approximately $20 million.


In addition to the seismic priorities, SFPD's facilities are not adequate to meet the department's operational needs. In 2013 a Facility Evaluation & Standards Study was completed and noted that many of the stations exhibited a broad range of functional, safety, security, accessibility, and technical inadequacies, including space shortfalls. Priorities for improvement and expansion include Bayview, Central, Tenderloin, and the Station Investigations Team offices, as well as the Old Potrero Station, which could serve as a base for the MTA and Community Engagement units.


The Police Academy facility does not have adequate floor space to accommodate training programs and needs to expand. The roof and HVAC systems especially need attention. Those needs will also be prioritized to meet SFPD's training obligations.


Estimated costs for station improvements vary depending on the level of intervention. Improvements to District stations are funded primarily through the ESER General Obligation Bond Program. The 2014 ESER bond included $29.6 million for SFPD facilities, as well as the major SFPD Traffic Company and Forensic Services Division construction project budgeted at $163.4 million. All bonds from ESER 2014 have been issued. Funding of $120.8 million is anticipated for these priority projects in the proposed 2020 ESER G.O. Bond, pending voter approval.

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