Construction Alerts and Updates

To access the existing Science building during construction, please refer to the access points on this map

Please contact build@sfsu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Over the course of the summer, teams from Facilities Services and Capital Planning, Design & Construction will be completing a variety of deferred maintenance, infrastructure improvement, and capital projects to meet the needs of our campus community. These range from large, multi-year endeavors--such as beginning the Science Replacement Building project, to short-term projects, such as elevator modernization, HVAC maintenance, and installation of new electric vehicle charging stations.

Construction teams make every effort to avoid disruptions to the campus community. For a map showing the locations of the summer projects please visit this link and please contact build@sfsu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Dear neighbor,

As for so many, this past year has been filled with significant challenges for the San Francisco State University community. With a move to almost fully remote instruction and operations, the campus has been quiet for over a full year. The University community has been focused on ensuring the delivery of instruction, offering support services—particularly for those who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, and preparing for an eventual return to campus.

Despite these enormous challenges, the University has completed several important construction projects, with others on the horizon. We write to provide an update.

New Science Building

Having secured funding from the California State University’s Board of Trustees, the University is proceeding with its plans for a new science building. Located along 19th Avenue, this new facility will house some departments within the College of Science & Engineering, as well as the College of Extended Learning. The new building will replace a portion of the existing Science Building. The talented faculty and staff of the College of Science and Engineering have made many significant achievements, yet the College’s facilities—initially built in the 1950’s, have not kept up with the rapid pace of change in research, training and education in the 21st century. This new building will provide our students with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, as well as informal gathering spaces. Additionally, the College of Extended Learning will offer a variety of programs for our neighbors and the greater community.]

Demolition of the existing building will commence this summer. Construction of the new building will start in 2022, and conclude in January 2024. To learn more about the project, including the project timeline, please visit: ­­­­­ https://cpdc.sfsu.edu/current. We will regularly update this page with information about the project.

George & Judy Marcus Hall for the Liberal & Creative Arts

SF State has just completed construction of the first new academic building to be built on the campus in 25 years. The 75,000 square foot, four-story facility, located on Font Boulevard and Tapia Drive, is the new home of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts (BECA) department. It features television studios, broadcast news facilities, audio recording rooms, a student radio station, and video editing rooms. The building, which is expected to earn LEED Gold certification for its environmentally sustainable features, also has classrooms, offices and support services for the campus community.

Manzanita Square

This past fall, SF State opened a new student housing community on Holloway Avenue. Manzanita Square includes 167 apartment-style units for upper division SF State students. The units include kitchens and a variety of layouts. The ground floor will ultimately offer neighborhood-serving retail store fronts, as well as some related underground parking.

Former Sutro Library Site on Winston Drive

Once the home of the California State Library’s Sutro Library, the facility at 480 Winston Drive became SF State’s in 2009 when the Sutro Library moved into a renovated library on SF State’s campus. Since then, the building on Winston has primarily been used for storage. The modular structure has been in disrepair for some time and the university is in the final stages of demolishing it. While there are no near-term plans for the site, we do hope to build housing for faculty, staff, and students in the future.

Long-Term Campus Planning

Over the course of a two-year planning period, the University gathered community input and prepared a draft campus master plan to guide its growth over a 15-year planning horizon. Work on the draft plan, “Future State 2035,” has been paused as the University reconsiders some of the planning assumptions it relied upon. The current pandemic has called upon us to reevaluate our plans for anticipated campus growth as we ascertain what the community’s and the University’s needs will be in the future. When the time is right, University planners will reassess the draft, seek out additional community feedback, and modify the plan accordingly. For more information about the campus’ current master plan, the draft plan, and our related planning efforts, please visit: https://plan.sfsu.edu .

For up-to-date information on any of our construction or planning efforts, please visit the Capital Planning, Design & Construction website at https://cpdc.sfsu.edu and please direct any questions to build@sfsu.edu.

Thank you for your interest in the University and if we can provide any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Barry Jodatian
Associate Vice President
Capital Planning, Design & Construction
jodatian@sfsu.edu
(415) 338-1698

Jason Porth
Vice President
University Enterprises]
jporth@sfsu.edu
(415) 338-6880

Dear community member,

As for so many, this past year has been filled with significant challenges for the San Francisco State University community. With a move to nearly complete remote instruction and operations, the campus has been quiet for a full year now. The University community has been focused on ensuring the delivery of instruction, offering support services—particularly for those who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, and preparing for an eventual return to campus.

Despite these enormous challenges, the University has completed several important construction projects, with others on the horizon. We write to provide an update.

Marcus Hall for the Liberal & Creative Arts

SF State has just completed construction on the first new academic building to be built on the campus in 25 years. The 75,000 square foot, four-story facility, located on Font Boulevard and Tapia Drive, is the new home of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts (BECA) department. It features television studios, broadcast news facilities, audio recording rooms, a student radio station, and video editing rooms. The building, which is expected to earn LEED Gold certification for its environmentally sustainable features, also has classrooms, offices and support services for the campus community. For more on the building, please visit the “Current Projects” page of the Capital Planning website: https://cpdc.sfsu.edu/current.

Manzanita Square

This past fall, SF State opened a new mixed-use student housing community on Holloway Avenue. Manzanita Square includes 167 apartment-style units for upper division SF State students. The units include kitchens and a variety of layouts. The ground floor will ultimately offer five or six neighborhood-serving retail store fronts, operated by the building owners, American Campus Communities, as well as some related underground parking. For more information about Manzanita Square, please visit https://housing.sfsu.edu/Manzanita-Square.  And to provide your feedback on the possible retail offerings, please take a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23G8FQ9.

New Science Building

Having secured funding from the California State University’s Board of Trustees, the University is proceeding with its plans for a new science building. Located along 19th Avenue, this new facility will house some departments within the College of Science & Engineering, as well as the College of Extended Learning. The new building will replace a portion of the existing Science Building. Despite many significant achievements by the talented faculty and staff of the College of Science and Engineering, the College’s facilities—initially built in the 1950’s, have not kept up with the rapid pace of change in research, training and education in the 21st century. This new building will provide our students with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, as well as informal gathering spaces. Additionally, the College of Extended Learning will offer a variety of programs for our neighbors and the greater community.

Demolition of the existing building is expected to commence this summer. We anticipate that construction of the new building will start in 2022, and conclude in January 2024. To learn more about the project, including the project timeline, please visit: ­­­­­ https://cpdc.sfsu.edu/current

Long-Term Campus Planning

Over the course of a two-year planning period, the University gathered community input and prepared a draft campus master plan to guide its growth over a 15-year planning horizon. Work on the draft plan, “Future State 2035,” has been paused as the University reconsiders some of the planning assumptions it relied upon. The current pandemic has called upon us to reevaluate our plans for anticipated campus growth as we ascertain what the community’s and the University’s needs will be in the future. When the time is right, University planners will reassess the draft, seek out additional community feedback, and modify the plan accordingly. For more information about the campus’ current master plan, the draft plan, and our related planning efforts, please visit: https://plan.sfsu.edu

For up to date information on any of our construction or planning efforts, please visit the Capital Planning, Design & Construction website at https://cpdc.sfsu.edu and please direct any questions to build@sfsu.edu

Thank you for your interest in the University and if we can provide any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Barry Jodatian
Associate Vice President
Capital Planning, Design & Construction

Jason Porth
Vice President
University Enterprises

With the elevated level of activity to take place in Marcus Hall, we have implemented a building-specific access approval form to ensure building density is kept within a reasonable level to support physical distancing as well as contact-tracing efforts. Please seek approval from your direct supervisor before submitting a request to visit the new building. Please submit your request 48 hours before you plan to visit the site so there is time to process your request.

Click here to access the Marcus Hall access request form

September 14, 2020

Beginning September 16, 2020, a contractor will be repairing the sidewalks along Holloway Avenue near the Administration Building. The work is scheduled for two weeks and has been permitted by SFMTA.

The pedestrian walkway will be affected by these activities. Street parking and entry to the Administration Building will be commonly available. Traffic control will be in place during entire installation.

June 25, 2020

Please be advised that contractors will close Tapia Drive for off-site utility work at the new Liberal and Creative Arts Building on Monday, June 29. The scope includes the following utility connections:

  1. Domestic cold and hot water lines
  2. Heating hot water lines
  3. Fire water line
  4. Communication and Fire Alarm lines 
  5. Sever and drainage lines 

The duration of this work is 10 – 12 weeks.

Construction continues on essential campus construction projects.

SF State has continued construction on two projects: the Liberal & Creative Arts Building at Font Boulevard and Tapia Drive, and a student housing project at Varela Drive and Holloway Avenue. Construction on both projects has been underway since 2018 and both will be completed this year. SF State has worked with the City & County of San Francisco, as well as the CSU Office of the Chancellor, to ensure that the projects can continue in light of current public health orders mandating that people shelter at home, except for essential workers. Both projects have been deemed essential and appear on the City & County of San Francisco’s list of approved construction projects. The university is committed to safety on the sites, and our contractors must follow the most recent protocols established by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. These include stringent requirements to protect the community and the construction workers on site. A copy can be found at the SFDPH website: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/files/Construction-Industry-DirectiveOrder-040220.pdf

Please direct any complaints, questions or concerns about these projects to build@sfsu.edu. Additionally, the City and County of San Francisco encourages residents to direct questions, concerns or complaints to its Service Center at 311.

December 12, 2019

The contractor for the new student housing building will perform the utility lines connections for domestic water, fire water, and communication lines tie-ins starting the week of December 23, 2019. All points of connection are located next to the SF State Administration Building's main entrance at Holloway Avenue. The contractor is planning to start installation of the utility lines on Monday, December 23, 2019, and complete the street restoration by January 21, 2020. Pedestrian egress will be effected by these activities, though street parking and entry to the Administration Building will be commonly available. Water services to the Administration Building will be interrupted for one day on December 31.

In December 2014, SFDPH released Citywide Guidelines for Noise Control Ordinance Monitoring and Enforcement. By ordinance, construction is allowed during the daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week (see page 16). SFDBI and SFDPW may issue permits allowing work outside of these hours.

If campus construction must occur outside of these hours, CPDC will post notifications in advance.

 

 

Questions?

Boris Nemirovskiy, Director of Construction and Inspection