San Francisco, California (1998)
YSA’s role as an urban designer was part of the design team of architects, landscape architects, and engineers through the City of San Francisco Architect. The master developer will construct more than $700 million in public infrastructure in Mission Bay, to be financed through special assessments and increased property taxes generated by the development.
Upon completion, the right-of-way and utility improvements will be accepted for operation and maintenance by the City. The Redevelopment Agency will operate the park system, funded by annual assessments against private property in the redevelopment areas.
Mission Bay is served by transit by Muni’s new 3rd Street Light Rail system, bus lines, and the regional-serving Caltrain. Designed following the model of New Urbanism, Mission Bay is expected to create more than 30,000 new permanent jobs, in addition to hundreds of ongoing construction jobs. Development began in 2000 and will take place over 20 to 30 years. Total development cost for Mission Bay is expected to exceed $4 billion.
As of January 2010, 3,126 housing units, including 674 affordable units, have been constructed in Mission Bay. An additional 319 units are under construction. More than 1.7 million of commercial office and biotechnology lab space has been built, with five additional projects totaling 1.3 million square feet in predevelopment. Seven buildings have been constructed on the UCSF campus, including five research buildings, a campus community center, and a university housing development. More than 12 acres of new parks and open space have also been completed. At least one YSA principal participated as design architect, supervising architect and/or senior designer while associated with the architect-of-record for this project.