Clark Construction has started building a new facility for San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC).
The San Francisco Examiner reported last May that the estimated project cost of $76.4 million represented an increase of about $20 million from original estimates, and the project had been delayed significantly.
The 65,000 sq. ft. multilevel structure will be housed in the historic 1419 Bryant St. building, constructed in 1893. The building will retain its original brick façade as it is seismically retrofitted and repurposed as an animal care center featuring an animal hospital with specialty clinical and emergency room space, a medical laboratory, X-ray-, and infirmary isolation functions.
The project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and will be completed in winter of 2021.
The previous tenant of the building, SFMTA, was relocated to a new home, the Burke Warehouse. Clark was responsible for seismically retrofitting and renovating the 100,000 sq. ft. metal pre-engineered facility in the Bayview as part of the first phase of the project.
Mike Ricker, Clark senior vice-president said: “Clark is proud to partner with Public Works on such an important project. The new facility will support SFACC and its dedicated staff in their vital mission of protecting people and animals in San Francisco.”
The project is already creating jobs and benefits for the local economy, employing 149 San Franciscans during its first phase. City Administrator Naomi Kelly said in a statement: “The first phase of this project has involved 24 San Francisco small businesses representing $12.5 million, or 33 percent of the total contract value to date.”
Clark says in the statement that it voluntarily initiated local small business enterprise set-asides for the project, awarding packages such as earthwork, structural concrete, painting, electrical, HVAC equipment, drywall, metal panels, doors, frames and hardware, drywall, signage, glass and glazing and acoustical ceilings, among others, to San Francisco-based small businesses.
Some of these businesses are led by graduates of Clark’s Strategic Partnership Program, an eight-month MBA-style professional development course offered at no cost local small business enterprises.