Civic & Cultural Project Experience

Mitchell Park Library & Community Center,
Palo Alto

The new facility triples the space of its predecessors, while decreasing its overall footprint and adding highly sustainable site features.

  • New 36,000 s.f. library and community center
  • New café, multi-purpose room
  • Bioretention basin
  • Silva Cells & pervious concrete below parking stalls
  • Installation of 2-acres of landscaping utilizing reclaimed water
  • Sustainable design targeting LEED Gold certification



California Shakespeare Theater, Orinda

The California Shakespeare Theater project included demolition of seven existing site structures and construction of a new 8,000- square-foot LEED Gold certified building. Environmentally sensitive, construction of the project is a slab on grade with wood framing, structural steel support, cast in place concrete walls, and a living roof. Excavation to the hillside at the site was performed to create space for the basement-level undercroft of the new building.

  • 8,000 sq. ft. Hillside site
  • 50,000-gallon fire water tank
  • LEED Gold certified



Federal GSA Building, San Francisco

BKF was responsible for the civil engineering design for the LEED Silver certified Federal GSA Building in San Francisco. During construction, over 90% of construction waste was diverted from landfill through on-site separation, saving about $1.3 million in potential dumping fees. The large plaza was paved with a permeable, decomposed granite surface that allows rainwater to percolate back into the earth.

  • 673,000 sq. ft.
  • Permeable pavement
  • LEED Silver certified



East Contra Costa County Courthouse, Pittsburg

BKF assisted with the award winning, LEED Silver certified East Contra Costa County Courthouse replacement project. This expansion increases the capacity of the Contra Costa County Courthouse to serve the growing population in the Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood region.

  • New two-story building 72,000 gross area sq. ft.
  • Storm water management
  • Several bio-retention facilities
  • 200-vehicle surface parking lot
  • Excellence in Partnering Award (Associated General)
  • LEED Silver certified



Mission Bay Parks, San Francisco

The parks of Mission Bay are part of a master planned greenway that serve the blossoming population on San Francisco’s waterfront. Home to the University of California San Francisco Mission Bay Campus, new corporate headquarters, UCSF Hospital, numerous residents, and other mixed uses, these parks play an integral role in Mission Bay’s urban landscape.

  • 5 parks
  • Utility infrastructure
  • Shoreline protection
  • Master planned regional storm water quality
  • Regional infrastructure improvements
  • LID storm water runoff and treatment



San Mateo Police Station

The new police station is a state-of-the-art operational facility and civic building for the City of San Mateo. The project consists of a two-story, 44,000 –square-foot main building, located above a secured subterranean parking garage.

  • Utility relocation
  • Infrastructure design
  • Storm water plan to meet LEED and State C.3 treatment measures
  • LEED Silver certified



Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco

Built to house the Disney family legacy and Walt Disney's personal history of animation, the project entails renovation of three historic Presidio buildings as well as the improvement of the surrounding site. The project also includes seismic renovations and storm water filtration and detention.

  • Approximately 2.5 acres
  • 6,000 sq. ft. permeable paved lot
  • Storm water filtration
  • Presidio’s Guidelines for Sustainable Building Design



Oak Park Community Center, Sacramento

BKF is responsible for the preparation of on-site design development /construction documents for a 10,000-square-foot multi-purpose building/gymnasium, playground and basketball court at an existing city community center. Design of civil infrastructure is to support the proposed building including water, sewer, and storm drain connections to existing public systems. BKF is also involved in the design of a new on-site road for emergency services vehicle access.

  • 10,000 sq. ft. facility
  • Gymnasium
  • Multi-purpose building
  • Playground
  • Basketball court
  • LEED Silver certified




Ed Roberts Campus,

The Ed Roberts Campus, an 80,000-square-foot facility for nonprofit organizations that support people with disabilities, went beyond baseline ADA requirements to provide campus-wide accessibility.

  • 80,000 s.f. facility
  • Site design for  two-story office building and renovated parking lot for nonprofit agencies supporting disability rights
  • Three public frontages reconstructed to include ADA-compliant curb ramps and drop-off areas
  • Portions of project are inside Ashby BART station property



The American Conservatory Theater (ACT),
San Francisco

The American Conservatory Theater (ACT) purchased the 100 year old abandoned movie theater to redevelop it into a 2-story, 285 seat theater in a highly visible, vibrant downtown area of Market Street in San Francisco.

  • Design-Bid-Build
  • 2015 ACI Construction Award Winner
  • Award of Merit: Renovation/Restoration, ENR California’s Best Projects Engineering News-Record2015
  • Outstanding Architectural Engineering Project of the Year American Society of Civil Engineers - San Francisco Section
  • Revitalization Award, Community Alliance Awards AIA - San Francisco Chapter
  • LEED Platinum goal



Seventrees Community Center & Library,
San Jose

BKF provided programming, master planning and site design of the LEED Silver certified community center and branch library at Solari Park. Feasibility studies were performed to evaluate the existing structures and park elements in the context of the 12-acre park Master Plan.

  • 12-acre park Master Plan
  • 40,000 sq. ft. community center
  • 20,000 sq. ft. library
  • Two-story buildings
  • Reclaimed water design
  • LEED Silver certified



Brentwood Civic Center and Park

BKF provided surveying and civil engineering design services for the new LEED Gold certified 2.7- acre Civic Center at the Civic Park site. BKF coordinated with PG&E, AT&T, and Comcast to enable relocating the existing infrastructure and develop a joint trench composite plan. BKF developed a storm water quality control plan in compliance with Contra Costa requirements.

  • New 60,000 sq. ft. city hall
  • 32,000 sq. ft. community center
  • 280-stall parking structure
  • 2.7-acre park
  • LEED Gold certified



Keiser Park, Windsor

BKF provided topo and final construction documents for grading, drainage, and utility improvements. This is the first time the park had been renovated in 30 years.

  • 15.6-acre park
  • Multi-jurisdictional agencies coordination
  • Preliminary and final construction documents
  • Permitting and entitlement services
  • Construction observation and staking



Walnut Creek Library

Awarded through a design competition, BKF provided civil engineering and surveying services for the new Walnut Creek Main Library. The library features an underground parking garage, plazas, gardens, and streetscape improvements.  Key features incorporated into the project by BKF include bioretention facilities to promote storm water quality, a permanent dewatering system, and modifications to the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Broadway and Lincoln Streets.

  • 42,000 sq. ft.
  • Bioretention facilities
  • Storm water quality
  • Traffic signal design



Historic Federal Building - 50 UN Plaza, San Francisco

BKF is involved in the renovation of the LEED Gold certified historic federal building at 50 UN Plaza in San Francisco. Our work includes replacement of systems and components to meet current GSA and construction standards.

  • 350,000 sq. ft. building
  • Frontage sidewalk replacement
  • Interior courtyard landscaping and amenities renovation
  • SFMTA coordination
  • LEED Gold certified



BF Sisk Courthouse Renovation, Fresno

BKF provided civil engineering and surveying services for the $63.5 million renovation of the existing courthouse facility. Civil engineering design services included modification to the existing judges and detainees parking areas as well as affected landscaping, drainage and parking layout. New electrical and telecom services were included in the utility upgrade package.

  • 191,886 SF courthouse facility including 15 courtrooms
  • Utility upgrade and new ADA accessible parking stalls
  • Topographic survey and mapping of the existing site
  • 2011 Notable Achievement Award from Western Council of Construction Consumers
  • LEED Certified



Superior Court of California, Santa Clara Family Justice Center, San Jose

Civil engineering design services included modification to the existing judges and detainees parking areas as well as affected landscaping, drainage and parking layout. New electrical and telecom services were included in the utility upgrade package.

  • 233,906 SF facility including 20 court rooms
  • Bio infiltration landscaping to treat the site
  • Close coordination effort with the City of San Jose
  • Above ground planters design for aesthetics / security setbacks



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