The Justice Facilities Improvement Program (JFIP) defines a strategic approach to replace the Hall of Justice, located at 850 Bryant Street. Built in 1958, the site is bounded by 7th Street on the west, Harrison Street/Interstate 80 on the north, and Harriett Street on the east. Since its original construction, two additions have been added: a two-story addition above the Coroner’s office and a rooftop gymnasium serving County Jails One and Two.
The Hall of Justice (HOJ) houses the Superior Court, Police Headquarters, the Police Investigative Unit, the Police Forensics Services Division, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, County Jails Three and Four, Adult Probation and the District Attorney's Office.
It is anticipated that both the jail and the courts will remain at 850 Bryant Street. In 2009, the area of the HOJ occupied by the Superior Court became the sole responsibility of the State of California. It is expected that the Superior Court will remain in the east wing of the HOJ until the State provides funding for a new courts building.
The west wing of the Hall of Justice is intended to be demolished once all occupants are relocated. Each of the HOJ's current occupants will be accomodated in new facilities, several within close proximity to the HOJ.The area that becomes available upon the demolition of the west wing would be available to the State for a new courts building.
The program will provide new venues for the HOJ occupants at different locations to be determined. These locations will be selected for their required proximity to the jail and courts, which will remain at 850 Bryant Street.
The preliminary budget for the JFIP is $1.6 billion; the implementation of the Justice Facilities Improvement Program will rely on funding provided over many years by a combination of general obligation bonds and the City’s general fund.
Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond Program (ESER)
ESER I, passed by voters in June 2010 by a 75% margin, is providing for the delivery of a new Public Safety Building (PSB) to be located in the Mission Bay. ESER I also provides for seismic improvements and repair to fire-fighting facilities and infrastructure throughout the City. The PSB will house the Police Command Center, the Southern District Police Station, and a Fire Station in the Mission Bay. Currently both the Police Command Center and Southern District Police Station are housed in the HOJ, which is not expected to be operable after a major earthquake. The project will be complete in the first quarter of 2014.
The City’s ten-year (2011-2020) Capital Plan recommends placing an ESER II bond measure on the November 2013 ballot. The focus of the bond measure will continue the principal goal of the ESER I Bond Program which is the structural resilience of essential facilities sufficient to ensure the effective delivery of police and fire services after a major earthquake.
Occupants of the Hall of Justice (HOJ) that are included in ESER II, such as the San Francisco Police Department Traffic and the Forensic Services Divisions and Office of Chief Medical Examiner, are scheduled to be relocated by 2018. Provided that bond funding is approved in accordance with the City’s ten-year (2011-2020) Capital Plan, the remaining City agencies that occupy HOJ will be relocated by 2025. The West Wing of the Hall of Justice will be demolished in 2026, making the site ready for the State to construct a replacement courts building.
Charles A. Higueras, FAIA
Project Manager, Department of Public Works