Process

​​​Fort Winfield Scott has long been envisioned as a place to make positive change in the world.

Twenty five years ago, the first National Park Service management plan for the Presidio said that “Activities [at Fort Scott] will focus on sharing knowledge about major environmental and societal challenges and their solutions.” And in the 2002 the Presidio Trust Management Plan similarly thought of Fort Scott as a place whose “tranquil atmosphere is conducive to educational pursuits and the exchange of ideas.”

In 2017, having made great progress on the “military post to national park” transformation elsewhere in the Presidio, the Presidio Trust decided it was time to consider the future of Fort Winfield Scott. In September of that year, we held a public board of directors meeting where we introduced the idea of revitalizing Fort Scot and received feedback from the community.

Then in 2018, we began a two-step process to formally consider the future of Fort Winfield Scott.

Step 1

Launching step one in January 2018, the Presidio Trust issued a Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) seeking a qualified organization to transform Fort Winfield Scott into a campus for one or more mission-driven organizations focused on addressing the significant environmental and/or social challenges of our time. The offering encompassed 20 to 22 buildings within the 30-acre campus and included a range of approximately 280,000 to 295,000 square feet of space.

To identify organizations with an appropriate mission and the capacity to take on the approximately $200 million rehabilitation, we engaged in a six month national campaign to spread the word about the opportunity. The outreach included direct outreach to potentially qualified organizations, twice-monthly tours for potential respondents, a media, social media, and email campaign, and tours for the general public.

The Fort Winfield Scott opportunity received coverage in major media outlets from the San Francisco Chronicle to the New York Times, and the RFCP was ultimately downloaded from our website more than 1,000 times.

In June 2018, we received nine responses to the RFCP. Those proposals were:

Proposal: Campus for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Submitting Organization: Equity Community Builders and World Economic Forum


Proposal: Epicenter for Climate Solutions (updated July 6, 2018)
Submitting Organization: California Clean Energy Fund and EPIC Institute


Proposal: Fort Scott Campus for Change
Submitting Organization: John Stewart Company


Proposal: National Center for Work-Learning-Service and Leadership in Sustainability
Submitting Organization: Renewable Nations Institute


Proposal: OpenAI
Submitting Organization: OpenAI and Kilroy Realty Corporation


Proposal: Seneca Family of Agencies Proposal
Submitting Organization: Seneca Family of Agencies


Proposal: Star Alliance Academy at Fort Scott Changing the World in Time
Submitting Organization: Star Alliance, ​Goodwill Values Education for All


Proposal: TAP Campus at Fort Scott
Submitting Organization: Concrete Preservation Institute, Cross Street Partners, McCormack Baron Salazar, UMBC Training Center, Ayers Saint Gross, Urban Strategies, and American Communities Trust


Proposal Name: WeWork Campus at Fort Scott
Submitting Organization: WeWork Companies, Inc.


At a public meeting in September 2018, the Presidio Trust Board of Directors voted to advance four of those proposals to the second phase of the process by inviting them to participate in a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Those teams are:

  • Campus for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    Equity Community Builders and World Economic Forum

  • Epicenter for Climate Solutions
    California Clean Energy Fund and EPIC Institute

  • OpenAI
    OpenAI and Kilroy Realty Corporation

  • ​WeWork Campus at Fort Scott
    WeWork Companies, Inc.

Step 2

The Trust issued the RFP in October 2018. View the RFP >>

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping period and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) public comment period began on September 28, 2018. The Presidio Trust Board of Directors will host a Public Meeting and Scoping Session on October 18, 2018. Scoping comments are due on November 16, 2018.

The four teams participating in the RFP process must submit detailed proposals in January 2019. The board will then host a public meeting at which the teams will present their proposals to all, and the community may offer comments. We anticipate the board will select a finalist with which to negotiate in March 2019.

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