Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Enhancement Project

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA
  • Architect

    Jensen Architects / EHDD / Surface
  • Duration

    12 months
  • Size

    50,000 sf (project total)

To commemorate the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, a multi-agency consortium transformed this international gateway into an improved visitor destination and civic amenity. The Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Enhancement Project was really six distinct projects located within a 50,000-sf site near the toll plaza. Scope included the construction of the “Bridge Pavilion,” a 3,500-sf “green” building; renovating the historic Round House, renovation of the Bridge Café; renovating and reconfiguring two outdoor plazas; and building a key piece of the Presidio’s trail system. The project’s complexity was largely driven by a compressed schedule (8 months) and site logistics. The citywide celebration held on Memorial Day 2012 was the immovable deadline for project completion. Fisher was brought in early to advise on constructability and budgeting followed by management of the 37-week construction schedule. Managing the flow and safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers combined with having limited staging area during the various phases of the project required meticulous planning and partnership with our client and the entire team. The fact that the job had 4,800 man-hours and ZERO incidents demonstrates Fisher’s commitment to safety. The project involved cleanup of contaminated soil, site work, installation of underground utilities, structural work on the Round House, erection of a new visitor’s pavilion, two new plazas, which involved setting 50,000 pavers, building retaining walls, landscaping and building a section of new walking and bicycle paths. We met all the goals of the project finishing on time and exceeding the client’s expectations for quality, service and budget. It was truly an honor for Fisher to have been involved in this exciting and significant project.