We led a resilient, multi-modal, mobility-focused adaptation strategy in the Islais Creek and Bayview District in San Francisco with a multidisciplinary team of consultants.
We worked directly with SF Planning and engaged with key city agencies, stakeholders, and community groups to envision a framework and design recommendations focused on mobility, social equity, and open space creation that address immediate, mid-, and long-term risks related to climate change and sea level rise. SF Planning, the Port, MTA, SFPUC, and Public Works all have critical infrastructure along the shoreline that serve both the local neighborhood and wider city. We identified the combined hazards threatening the project area and developed adaptation recommendations.
These strategies are driven by the need to protect the critical waterfront infrastructure and mobility network but are also the opportunity to address the community’s goals of creating new, healthy environments consisting of new open space, green infrastructure, creek restoration, and improved ecological habitat.
The team also prioritized direct and indirect economic benefits that will result from the recommendations with the understanding that residents of the Bayview District want improved economic opportunity and vitality and the various agencies seek longevity in their activities. We developed a financing plan along with adaptation pathways that detail how and when the strategies are phased, to provide the City with clear guidance on how the shared vision of the district-scale concept and the specific strategies can move forward as future projects.
Since the project’s inception, social and racial equity have been a focus for the city and our team. To kick off the project, we participated in additional racial equity training to give our key staff a deeper understanding of the diversity, inclusivity, and environmental justice challenges that the Islais Creek and Bayview community face, as well as allowing the team to intentionally develop adaptation recommendations that respond to the community’s needs and aspirations. This two-year project kicked off with public outreach efforts in partnership with the Port, which had related projects in the same geography, to provide coordinated and comprehensive approach to the community.
- Adaptation strategies
- Flood mapping
- Adaptation financing
- Port planning
- Landscape design
- Transportation engineering
- Cost estimating
- Environmental permitting