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Regional Agency Headquarters

Above: Artist's rendering of proposed rennovation of the former Postal Service building, as seen from Beale Street. Below: The proposed atrium interior. (Perkins+Will)

San Francisco Building Will Be Renovated to Create New Regional Government Facility

Not far from the western anchorage of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a vital new center for regional collaboration is being born. The Bay Area Headquarters Authority (BAHA) is renovating a former U.S. Postal Service building to serve as the joint headquarters of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). A fourth regional agency, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), is also considering relocating to the shared facility.

Specially formed for the purpose, BAHA purchased the building at 390 Main Street in the Rincon Hill area of San Francisco in October 2011 (the address has since been changed to 375 Beale Street). BAHA has hired the architectural firm of Perkins + Will to redesign the 1940s-era structure and adapt it to its new use.

Expected to open by 2015, the new facility will help foster collaboration among the three regional agencies through co-location of their staffs. The physical proximity made possible by joint occupancy will help cement the bonds among the regional agencies, and facilitate cooperation and coordination among these public bodies as they pursue their interrelated missions in the areas of transportation, land use, climate change and sustainable growth.

The renovated building will include ample public spaces, such as an auditorium/board room, a resource center, as well as a café, on-site bicycle parking and a market hall-type food purveyor that would become a neighborhood amenity. The front door will be moved to Beale Street on opposite side of the building to take advantage of planned streetscape improvements and other features that will make for a more inviting entryway. The new address, 375 Beale Street, is a nod to Senate Bill 375, landmark state legislation passed in 2008 that gave rise to the One Bay Area initiative to foster interagency cooperation and build a more sustainable region. By bringing the One Bay Area partner agencies under one roof, the new facility aims to take the reigon's sustainability efforts to new levels.

For more information on the Regional Agency Headquarters building, and the meetings of the Bay Area Headquarters Authority click here.