New designs for the proposed Warriors arena on the San Francisco waterfront should be completed by the end of April, a team official said. That pushes the project-approval timeline back a few months, but is not expected to affect the projected opening date.
The Warriors unveiled a design in October for the Piers 30-32 site, which sits just south of the Bay Bridge on The Embarcadero, that tucked the 17,500-seat arena onto the southeastern side of the pier. But the eastern side of the pier also is one of the only deep-water berths along the San Francisco waterfront.
Since the first design was unveiled, the team and designers have heard feedback from numerous groups — including the State Lands Commission, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union — that has sought to preserve the use of the site as a secondary berth for large ships, said Warriors spokesman PJ Johnston.
“Feedback has caused us to go back and look at the design,” Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts told a citizen advisory group Tuesday night.
Mayor Ed Lee said the state wanted a bit more for maritime use.
“They began by suggesting yacht boating was good, but apparently that wasn’t big enough,” Lee said Tuesday.
“They really wanted some backup plans to honor the cruise ship business we’re going to incur with our new cruise ship terminal.”
Johnston said the new plans, which are still being worked on by the design team, should only nudge the 170,000-square-foot facility slightly.
“The arena will still be located and angled at the eastern edge of the piers, with an emphasis on maintaining the view corridors from The Embarcadero of the Bay Bridge,” Johnston said.
When the design was unveiled in October, Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, the firm that was selected along with AECOM to design the project, said the arena’s location, angling and design were meant to keep sight lines open from several vantage points along the waterfront and from nearby residences.
While the rejiggering of the design plans will push the entire approval process back by a few months, it will not compress the timeline for hearings and other administrative matters, said Ken Rich of The City’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development.
Welts said one area where time could be recouped is in the construction process, where the team and the builders have identified efficiencies to keep the project, which includes commercial buildings and open space, on track.
“There is no question we can still meet being open for the 2017-18 season,” Welts said.