War Memorial Veterans Building, 459 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

The War Memorial Veterans Building, was formally dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11, 1932. Since then the building has been the site of numerous historic events, the most notable of which was the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945. In 1989, The Loma Prieta earthquake caused damage at all levels of this historic building. The seismic assessment conducted in 1996 concluded that in a major earthquake, the structure would sustain significant damage and pose appreciable life safety hazards to building occupants. In addition, the building has badly deteriorated building systems, comprised largely of the original 1932 equipment including 80-year old boilers. The proposed seismic upgrade and Improvements project provides the City with the opportunity to save and transform this underutilized historic civic asset into a vibrant and lively home for arts and veterans organizations which in turn will contribute to the revitalization of the Civic Center District. All work on the Project will comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Key components of the proposed project include: Seismic Upgrade and Earthquake Damage Repair, Facility Preservation & Modernization Improvements, Accessibility improvements including path of travel (ADA compliance), Hazardous materials abatement, Tenant improvements – Basement, First, Second and Third Floors. (Fourth floor tenant improvements by SF Opera).

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    Duration

    2013 – 2015

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    Construction Value

    $96.5 Million

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    Owner

    City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Works

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