The Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Fort Mason) is a nonprofit historic center located along San Francisco’s northern waterfront in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. More than 20 nonprofit and arts organizations are permanent residents of Fort Mason, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Magic Theatre, the well-established Cowell Theater and the internationally acclaimed Greens Restaurant.
Located in the beautifully renovated Pier 2, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is Fort Mason’s newest tenant. Working in close collaboration with Fort Mason, SFAI reinvented a 67,000-square-foot space on Pier 2 that includes more than 160 art studios for students, faculty and visiting artists, as well as 3,300 square feet of newly created public exhibition space that adjoins the existing Cowell Theater.
To celebrate its new Fort Mason Campus, SFAI held a series of grand opening events in November 2017 and commissioned artists to share new works to celebrate the new building over the next year. SFAI alum and faculty Alicia McCarthy (BFA 1994) kicked off this series with a beautiful mural of interwoven color, energy, and gesture—visible throughout the entire space and shown near the top of the accompanying photo from SFAI’s grand opening.
Seifel Consulting gratefully acknowledges SFAI, Fort Mason and the LAI Golden Gate Chapter for hosting an event in Fall 2017 to showcase the renovation of Pier 2, which was led by William Leddy and Marsha Maytum, founding Principals at LMS Architects who creatively designed Pier 2’s sustainable renovation. We also had a wonderful time at SFAI’s grand opening celebration meeting the talented array of SFAI students and faculty who exhibited their art works throughout Pier 2.
Winners of the 2017 Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence Awards just announced! (Click here for the full listing of award recipients, care of San Francisco Business Times.)
The Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence Awards recognize women who have made outstanding contributions to the Northern California commercial real estate industry over the past 2 years. Honorees are selected by a diverse panel of industry leaders. The 2017 Award recipients are recognized at the September 13th Awards Luncheon—proudly sponsored by Allen Matkins—and are featured in the San Francisco Business Times as well as the Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence (NCRE WOI) website.
Please join Seifel in congratulating the accomplishments of these talented women and their efforts to advance the role of women in commercial real estate! The NCRE WOI 2017 Hall-of-Fame Awardees are:
The 2015 NCRE WOI Hall-of-Fame Awardees included Annette Billingsley of Union Bank, Janice Sears of Essex Property Trust, Ellen Warner of Lennar Urban, and Libby Seifel of Seifel Consulting.
“Standing Together”--NPH’s theme for their 38th annual conference--reflects a commitment among NPH members, partners, allies and the broader housing community to create an equitable, sustainable and vibrant Bay Area region through the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Northern California. NPH’s annual conference joins together affordable housing leaders, peers, developers, advocates, experts and cross-sector partners to explore the tools, knowledge and networks to foster the development of quality, affordable housing in California.
Last year’s annual conference (“Building Opportunities”) explored strategies to “advance wins at the ballot box” for affordable housing in local communities across the Bay Area, working with coalition partners and NPH supporters to advance opportunities to increase resources for affordable housing, which resulted in many successful voter initiatives and legislation.
Hope you can attend NPH’s 38th Annual Affordable Housing Conference on Friday, October 6, from 8am-5:30pm at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. For full details as well as tickets and sponsorship info, click here.
The transformation of San Francisco’s waterfront, and the many exciting opportunities and challenges it presents–was the focus of Leadership California’s July 20th afternoon program. As part of their yearlong California Issues & Trends Program (CIT), women leaders from across California gained insight from San Francisco women who are leading major development projects along the waterfront.
Rebecca Benassini from the Port of San Francisco started the presentation by providing an overview of the catalytic projects stretching from north to south along the City’s seven miles of waterfront. Nadia Sesay of the Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure (OCII) described the innovative public private partnership that OCII is undertaking with Five Point at Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point (The Shipyard). Ivy Greaner of Five Point described the key development components of both The Shipyard and Treasure Island that Five Point is currently implementing. Anne Taupier of the Office of Economic & Workforce Development described the key negotiating principles that have provided the framework for innovative public private partnerships at Mission Rock, Pier 70 and HPS/CP to enhance transit access, create housing affordable to a broad range of local residents and workers and provide new parks, artist studios, maker space for local artisans, and small business and employment programs for local residents along the southern waterfront. Libby Seifel, an alumna of the Leadership California program, moderated the panel and led an interactive discussion on lessons learned and best practices regarding on how to create successful public private partnerships that transform communities while addressing key community goals. OCII staff then led CIT women on a dynamic tour of the new neighborhood that is being created at The Shipyard.
Leadership California is a network of accomplished women who are dedicated to advancing the leadership role that women play in impacting business, social issues and public policy. The CIT Program brings together a diverse group of women from a broad range of sectors, ethnicities, regions and professional backgrounds.
ULI San Francisco’s Housing the Bay initiative features two San Francisco forums next week that explore housing affordability and public policy.
The Future is Now: Modular Construction in the Bay Area (Tuesday, July 18 at 5pm). Modular construction provides an opportunity for reduced hard costs during a time when it is getting increasingly difficult to make projects pencil. Join industry professionals Rick Holliday (Holliday Development), Fei Tsen (Windflower Properties), Larry Pace (Cannon Constructors) and Jay Bradshaw (NorCal Carpenters Regional Council) in a discussion on the evolving modular industry, the prospects that this construction methodology provides, and what the future of modular construction means for the Bay Area.
Housing the Bay is a new initiative launched by ULI San Francisco in collaboration with SPUR and other local partners to address the underlying issues affecting housing cost and supply in the Bay Area. Through ongoing events, research and workshops (including the October 6 Housing the Bay Summit), this initiative is dedicated to delivering innovative housing solutions for the Bay Area in the realms of real estate financing, construction costs, policy and the public process.
“360 Look at a Win-Win Public Engagement: 1028 Market Street” takes place Thursday, July 20 at 8am. Click here for complete details and registration.
(UPDATE! “360 Look at a Win-Win Public Engagement: 1028 Market Street” is currently sold out!? See registration page for waitlist info!)
(Special thanks to DPR Construction for hosting the event at their space.)