Ground broken on new forensic services division facility in San Francisco
August 21, 2019 – Clark Construction has broken ground on the San Francisco Police Department Traffic Company and Forensic Services Division facility.
The construction company was joined by Mayor London Breed, Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, Chief of Police William Scott, and District 10 Supervisor Shamaan Walton.
The new building 100,000ft², which is claimed to be seismically sound, is located in San Francisco’s Bayview neighbourhood.
It will bring San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) forensics labs together under one roof and will strengthen emergency response capacity of the entire city.
The new project will replace the present Bryant Street facility. Mayor London Breed emphasised that seismic safety is an important component of resilience in San Francisco where earthquakes are not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’
Police Chief Scott said: “The development of a new, seismically safe and easily accessible facility will help us continue to respond quickly to the needs of San Francisco, and provide uninterrupted service during a disaster and enable a rapid recovery for our city.”
Scheduled for completion in 2021, the new facility has been designed to remain operational through a major quake, to ensure the city’s first responders and motorcycle fleet will be ready to respond when are most needed and to safeguard valuable crime lab evidence.
The facility will include administrative, conference, and office spaces, along with labs, a firearm testing facility and 6,300ft² of motorcycle parking space. It has also been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification for energy and operational cost-efficiency.
San Francisco public works director Mohammed Nuru said: “This job is not only about serving our first responders, but will also give a lot of people from the community jobs, and make our city more resilient.
“It is one of several projects that benefits the Southeast sector of the city. In the last two years we’ve finished the Chief Medical Examiner building, work at the Bayview Opera House, two central shops for large and small vehicles, and soon the new Southeast Community Center.
“The great partnerships we have with our contractor partners, and all the city departments, are working to improve San Francisco.”
Clark community and public affairs director Marivic Bamba Chennault said: “Clark is a proud partner of the City of San Francisco and Public Works in constructing and retrofitting city infrastructure that is critical to public safety. Our values also align with the city’s goal of building a more resilient San Francisco while working alongside local residents and small businesses on our projects.”