San Francisco Redevelopment Agency

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450-003.09-002                                                                    Meeting of February 17, 2009






TO:                 Agency Commissioners


FROM:           Fred Blackwell, Executive Director


SUBJECT:    Intent to Issue a Request for Proposals to facilitate implementation of the Cultural Historic Recognition Program on the Hunters Point Shipyard, including the commissioning, installation and maintenance plan for works of art; Hunters Point Shipyard Redevelopment Project Area  





On February 18, 2009, Agency staff plans to issue a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) from qualified consultants or consultant teams to facilitate implementation of the Cultural Historic Recognition Program (“CHRP” or “Program”) on the Hunters Point Shipyard (“Shipyard”) and work with the Agency to facilitate the selection, installation and maintenance of art.


CHRP is one of eleven community benefit programs included in the Community Benefits Agreement section of the Development & Disposition Agreement for the redevelopment of the Shipyard. The objective of the CHRP is to create a design program that identifies opportunities for recognizing and enhancing cultural components of the Shipyard and surrounding community in both the development and design of the Shipyard, integrates cultural features and facilities throughout the Shipyard, and provides opportunities for local artists to participate in creating public art for the Shipyard.





The CHRP program grew out of a community process which: (a) identifies opportunities for recognizing and enhancing the cultural and historical context of the Shipyard; (b) integrates cultural features and facilities throughout the Shipyard; and (c) provides opportunities for local artists from the Shipyard and surrounding communities to participate in creating public art for the Shipyard and to identify appropriate locations and art forms for the public art program.  To date, significant work has been completed to meet these objectives, including:


  • Conceptual CHRP program entitled “Remembering our Past for the Future” developed by Myles Stevens with input from the Shipyard’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee (“CAC”) in July 2004.


  • Additional community outreach and input coordinated through a consultant (Ilona McGriff) hired by the Lennar/BVHP (“Developer”), in 2005 and 2006. This work focused the CHRP objectives on specific programs and opportunities at the Shipyard and included input from an “Exploratory Committee,” comprised of interested stakeholders.


  • The creation of a Open Space & Streetscape Master Plan for Parcel A (“Master Plan”), approved by the Commission on January 17, 2009, by Resolution No. 6-2007, identified specific CHRP opportunities to tell the story of the Shipyard and the Bayview Hunters Point (“BVHP”) community through interpretive features, which could include:
  • Kiosks, plaques and signage
  • Street furniture
  • Plantings
  • Special places for memorialization, and
  • Art

Key topics identified for interpretation include:

  • Integration and expansion of the workforce,
  • The site’s physical transformation, which could be featured in historical markers of the original shoreline,
  • Innovations in social services,
  • Migration and settlement, and
  • Wartime mobilization


The Master Plan also provides guidance in terms of local artist participation in creating some of the proposed installations. In addition, the Master Plan illustrates the potential locations for incorporation of CHRP elements in the Phase 1 development, as well as the locations of specific CHRP components. 


EDA Grant Funds

The CHRP Coordinator and the art to be installed on the Shipyard will be funded from a $2.1 million grant from the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (“EDA”), which must be spent no later than August 15, 2010. The goal of EDA grant is to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States. The CHRP program is a critical component in the Agency’s strategy to restore the Shipyard’s role in supporting the economic vitality of the BVHP community.  In addition to improving quality of life for the residents who live there, the art and artifacts program will ensure that the future Shipyard is not disconnected from its historical and cultural context. The program will also underscore the level of public investment in the area, making it a more attractive location to own a home or business. Finally, the CHRP supports the Agency’s efforts to create a future Arts District for the Shipyard, which seeks to attract cultural visitors to the Shipyard and to directly engage BVHP residents and businesses in the production, sale, and promotion of art. 






Although a large amount of work has been done to create a vision for the CHRP program, including general guidelines and locations for implementation, additional work must be undertaken to implement the CHRP, including:

  • Finalizing priorities and locations of programs and artwork through coordination with the Developer, CAC, and Agency,
  • Creation of a final plan in collaboration with CAC and Developer. The purpose of the plan will be to inform a specific scope of work for artists.
  • Soliciting proposals from artists,
  • Selecting artists and artworks for specific locations;
  • Installation of selected art and artifacts
  • Development of a maintenance plan for art and artifacts on the Shipyard.





Staff plans to issue the RFP on February 18, 2009, with a submittal deadline of March 20, 2009 (draft RFP attached). The RFP is intended to solicit proposals from qualified consultants (or consulting teams) with significant experience in art administration, with an emphasis on public art programming and project management.  In addition, evaluation critieria will consider the consultant’s experience in project planning, research and development for public history, public art, historic preservation and interdisciplinary public programming.


The successful consultant will be obligated to the Agency’s Equal Opportunity Program (e.g., Nondiscrimination in Contracts and Benefits Policy, Minimum Compensation Policy, Health Care Accountability policy). While federal procurement requirements do not allow consultant selection on the basis of SBE/MBE/WBE status alone, evaluation will include contractors’ SBE/MBE/WBE status as key consideration.




Originated by Thor Kaslofsky, Project Manager





Fred Blackwell

Executive Director



Attachment 1:  Request for Proposals - Commissioning and Installation of Works of Art on the Hunters Point Shipyard