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450-001.09-002                                                                      Meeting of January 13, 2008





TO:                 Agency Commissioners


FROM:           Fred Blackwell, Executive Director


SUBJECT:    Intent to Issue a Request for Qualifications for outreach and environmental information services to the Bayview Hunters Point community; Hunters Point Shipyard Redevelopment Project Area      




On January 14, 2009, Agency staff plans to issue a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) offering the opportunity to contract with the Agency to conduct outreach and provide environmental information services (‘Environmental Information Services”) regarding the Hunters Point Shipyard (“Shipyard”) project to the Bayview Hunters Point (“BVHP”) community. 


As the Environmental Information Services consultant, Arc Ecology has provided these services for the past three (3) years.  This contract expires on March 21, 2009.  In accordance with the Agency’s Interim Purchasing Policy and Procedures the Agency must offer publicly a new contract for Environmental Information Services. 




The Shipyard was closed by the federal government in 1974.  In 1989, due to environmental contamination on the base, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), placed the Shipyard on the National Priorities List of “Superfund” cleanup sites.  In accordance with the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA"), the United States Department of the Navy’s (“Navy”), EPA, and the State of California executed a Federal Facilities Agreement in 1992 ("FFA") which specifies a process and schedule for the Navy to investigate and remediate hazardous materials at the Shipyard.  In 1991 Congress designated the Shipyard for formal closure under the federal Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act (“BRAC”) and authorized the Navy to transfer the Shipyard to the City and County of San Francisco (“City”) or the Agency at no cost. 


In April 2004, the Commission authorized a Conveyance Agreement between the Navy and the Agency.  The Conveyance Agreement establishes the regulatory framework and process for the Agency to receive additional Shipyard parcels from the Navy in phases.  The Conveyance Agreement requires both the EPA and the State of California to confirm that each parcel is remediated to a level that is safe for its intended reuse prior to transfer.  


Also pursuant to the Conveyance Agreement, the Navy, the City, and the Agency agreed to work together to expedite the characterization, remediation and conveyance of the Shipyard in a "Collaborative Partnership," and make joint presentations of characterization, remediation, and conveyance plans to regulators, and community groups as appropriate.


To provide communication around the Shipyard’s environmental cleanup, the Agency released an RFQ for Environmental Information Services, and on March 21, 2006, the Commission authorized a one-year personal services contract (“Contract”) and budget with Arc Ecology, a California nonprofit corporation.  The Commission subsequently authorized second and third year budgets, in April 2007 and February 2008, respectively. 




There are many agencies involved with the review and approval of the Navy’s cleanup efforts at the Shipyard.  As a result, the Agency is seeking a consultant to provide services that bridge the gap between the many sources of information related to the analysis of and reporting on the environmental cleanup of the Shipyard that are already being provided.  The consultant team should communicate with the BVHP community regarding the Shipyard’s environmental information, and provide educational opportunities for the public about the Shipyard’s cleanup activities. 


Community Outreach

Various organizations and individuals currently charged with providing information to the BVHP community regarding the clean up and redevelopment of the Shipyard are:


  1. The CAC, which holds public meetings to review and discuss environmental issues related to the cleanup of the Shipyard and the redevelopment of the property;


  1. The Navy’s Restoration Advisory Board ("RAB"), which provides a public forum for the Navy to present and the public to discuss some aspects of the Navy’s ongoing cleanup of the Shipyard;


  1.   The Regulators are responsible for verifying that the Navy is cleaning up the remaining contamination at the Shipyard in a manner that protects public health and the environment and allows maximum reuse of the property; and


  1. The City's Department of Public Health ("DPH") oversees and reviews the Navy’s cleanup of the Shipyard and the Regulator’s oversight of that cleanup and provides technical assistance and advice to the Agency and City about the impact of the cleanup on future redevelopment plans.



Staff plans to issue the RFQ on January 14, 2009, with a submittal deadline of February 13, 2009 (draft RFQ attached).  The RFQ is intended to solicit proposals from qualified consultants to provide clear, informative and responsive information about the environmental impacts of development of and remediation plans for the Shipyard.  The outreach focuses on the residents and organizations in the portions of the 94124, 94134 and 94107 zip code areas that are located in Supervisory District 10. 


The Environmental Information Services should address the following topics through a combination of workshops, fact sheets and participation in Shipyard Citizens Advisory Committee meetings:


  • Navy’s risk assessments and proposals for addressing the risks posed by contamination;
  • Policy discussions about clean up levels and institutional controls;
  • Navy’s decision documents that will decide what level of clean up will be required; 
  • Short term exposure to dust and possibly vapors during the Navy’s remediation of contaminants and ways to verify that the Navy is carrying out its commitment for no dust or vapor impacts on public health and the environment;
  • Short term exposure to dust during redevelopment of Parcel A and ways to verify that Lennar is carrying out its commitment for no dust impacts to public health and the environment; and
  • Relating these Shipyard focused issues to some of the broader public health concerns in the BVHP Area, concerns including noise, pedestrian and motor vehicle safety, parks and open space, public transit, housing adequacy, and air quality and global warming


A contract for Environmental Information Services will be funded as a project cost under the Phase 1 Disposition and Development Agreement between the Agency and HPS Development Co., LP (“Lennar”); however, those costs associated with Phase 2 will be funded as a Phase 2 predevelopment cost under the Phase 2 Exclusive Negotiations Agreement with Lennar.  Agency staff will evaluate the proposals, conduct interviews and submit a recommendation to the Agency Commission for its consideration. 


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 and Small Business Enterprise Agreement).

Originated by Thor Kaslofsky, Project Manager



         Fred Blackwell

Executive Director


Attachments:         Draft Request for Qualifications for Outreach and Environmental Information Services


Attachment A

Draft Request for Qualifications for Outreach and Environmental Information Services