Plans for the renovation of San Francisco’s Chinatown Public Health Center at 1490 Mason Street will be presented for the first time to the public on Monday, September 19th. The presentation by the city’s Public Works department will showcase a modernization of the facility above the Broadway tunnel while retaining the iconic bronze dragon relief sculpture.
The project’s scope is a complete seismic retrofit, remodeling, and a partial recladding of the ambulatory care clinic. Once complete, the project will provide 30,000 square feet across three floors. The facilities will include a great variety of services for the community. The first floor will consist of a dental clinic, health education classrooms, and a facility for women, infants, and children.
The second floor will have the primary care facilities in the center, with additional rooms for open offices, a kitchenette, and nurses’ rooms. Lastly, the third floor will include the Chinatown Children Development Center, with over a dozen care rooms. Additional space will provide classrooms for nutrition and health education. The best views will be reserved on the top floor for the most public functions, with rooms for group activities, a conference room, and a community space.
The prominent location for the project also makes it of special importance, located at the end of the Broadway thoroughfare with a direct view down to Pier 7 and the Bay Bridge. The project will preserve the existing bronze sculpture designed by artist Patti Bowler and fabricated by Wade Lux in Santa Rosa. The project was among the first to come from San Francisco’s Art Enrichment Program, designed in 1969. The art piece symbolizes strength and health for the building’s patients while also representing a guard for the tunnel below.
The proposal comes from the Public Works Bureau of Architecture. Following Monday’s conceptual presentation, the project will undergo the design review process, with the team hoping to achieve final design approval by the end of this year.
Construction is expected to cost $34.6 million, of which $6.8 million have been allocated by the CPC from the Critical Project Development funds. Crews are expected to start the job in the Summer of 2024, with completion by Fall 2026.
The Civic Design Review Committee meeting will start Monday, September 19th, at 2 PM. For4 more information about the project and how to attend, visit the city website here.
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