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Mid-Crissy Field Site



The Presidio Trust Board of Directors announces that it has unanimously decided not to pursue any of the proposals to build a cultural institution at the Mid-Crissy Field site.
The Presidio Trust invites the public to consider the future of an important site at Mid-Crissy Field. This site is currently occupied by Sports Basement.
The Trust's longstanding objective has been to create a cultural institution of distinction at this magnificent waterfront location (see the 2002 Presidio Trust Management Plan, Chapter 3). Now that the area is being transformed by the new approach to the Golden Gate Bridge (a project known as the Presidio Parkway), the time is right to plan for the future.
In December 2011, the Presidio Trust completed the Mid-Crissy Area Design Guidelines which set out the aesthetic principles for the area. In November 2012 the Trust issued a Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP). Sixteen responses were submitted. After considering public comment and engaging with a number of the teams directly, the Trust invited The Bridge/Sustainability Institute, Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, and The Presidio Exchange to continue in the process via a Request for Proposals (RFP) that was issued in May 2013. Final proposals were submitted on September 16, 2013.
On November 21, 2013, the Presidio Trust Board of Directors issued a public statement regarding the proposals and invited each team to submit revised proposals by January 17, 2014. The Presidio Trust board of directors held a public meeting on the revised proposals on January 27, 2014 and announced its decision regarding the Mid-Crissy Field site the following week.



Project Goals
The Trust identified the following goals for a cultural facility in its initial Request for Concept Proposals. They reflect the high bar we are setting for this project and remain the principal criteria by which the final proposals will be evaluated:
  • Enhance the visitor experience of the Presidio.
  • Provide programmatic offerings that are fresh and vital, that connect to broader themes, and that stimulate imagination and creativity. Offer cross-disciplinary programming that can be effective in advancing knowledge that has broad and lasting relevance.
  • Be compatible with the natural and cultural setting along the Crissy Marsh and San Francisco Bay and conform to the Trust’s Mid-Crissy Area Design Guidelines and LEED requirements.
  • Complement current uses and activity in the Presidio, and integrate well with plans for Crissy Field and the Main Post.
  • Welcome a broad cross-section of the community in a manner that reflects and reaffirms the public nature of the Presidio.
  • Be economically viable.
  • November 2012: The Presidio Trust initiates a Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) process to explore programmatic possibilities for the site.



  • April 2013: Public comments on the initial ideas are received at a public meeting of the Presidio Trust Board of Directors.


  • May 10, 2013: The Presidio Trust issues a request for more detailed proposals (view the Request for Proposals) to three of the teams.


  • June 17, 2013: The three teams present their ideas at a public meeting. View transcript >>


  • July 29-31, 2013: Informational Open Houses held.


  • September 16, 2013: Final proposals are received.


  • September 23, 2013: The teams offer public presentations of their final proposals, followed by a question and answer session. The meeting is held at 6:30 pm at Herbst in the Presidio, 385 Moraga Avenue, on the Main Post. The Trust randomizes the order of questioners rather than calling on people in sign-up order. View transcript >>



  • November 2013: Presidio Trust Board of Directors asks for revised proposals to be submitted by January 17, 2014.
  • January 2014: Public Board  of Directors Meeting held.


  • February 3, 2014: Presidio Trust Board of Directors announces its decision regarding the Mid-Crissy Field site. View the announcement >>
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