Updated June 20, 2019
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 Scott 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 - Request for Concept Proposals
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 campaign 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:
Campus for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Submitting Organization: Equity Community Builders and World Economic Forum
Epicenter for Climate Solutions (updated July 6, 2018)
Submitting Organization: California Clean Energy Fund and EPIC Institute
Fort Scott Campus for Change
Submitting Organization: John Stewart Company
National Center for Work-Learning-Service and Leadership in Sustainability
Submitting Organization: Renewable Nations Institute
Submitting Organization: OpenAI and Kilroy Realty Corporation
Seneca Family of Agencies Proposal
Submitting Organization: Seneca Family of Agencies
Star Alliance Academy at Fort Scott Changing the World in Time
Submitting Organization: Star Alliance, Goodwill Values Education for All
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
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 and Kilroy Realty Corporation
- WeWork Campus at Fort Scott
WeWork Companies, Inc.
Step 2 - Request for Proposals
The Presidio Trust issued the
Request for Proposals (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 hosted a Public Meeting and Scoping Session on October 18, 2018. Scoping comments were due on November 16, 2018. View the comments received in the
Public Documents section.
In January 2019, the
teams informed the Presidio Trust that they intended to submit one joint proposal. The proposal was received on March 14, 2019. A revised submittal was received on May 24.
On June 19, the Presidio Trust Board of Directors voted unanimously to not move head with the proposal to develop Fort Winfield Scott and to bring its Request for Proposals process to a close. View the press release >>