Q&A: What makes the Pier 70 project unique?

We asked our environmental expert, Dorinda Shipman, PG, CHG, ENV SP:

What makes the Pier 70 project unique?

Pier 70 is a historic area in San Francisco’s Potrero Point or “Dogpatch” neighborhood. Langan has been involved with this project site on the environmental side since 2007 when we conducted shoreline sampling at what is now Crane Cove Park. Being part of the brownfield redevelopment at Pier 70 is especially interesting given its rich history in west coast shipbuilding and repair. Pier 70 was formerly home to the Union Iron Works and Bethlehem Shipbuilding; currently, BAE continues ship repair in a portion of the property. Due to the decades of shipbuilding and industrial activity, our site investigation results included soil gas, soil, and groundwater characterization, as well as human health and ecological risk assessment. This played an important role in progressing redevelopment plans. We are currently preparing a remedial action work plan for the Crane Cove Park near the shore area.  Langan has also performed geotechnical field investigation and analysis for Forest City in the shoreline development area and for Orton Development in the Pier 70 historic core.

As a whole, the Pier 70 redevelopment project will add new elements to the community and further connect the Dogpatch neighborhood to the expanding southeast bayfront. The waterfront site will include new retail, residential, office, and green spaces, while the planned historic core will include the rehabilitation of several existing buildings that are part of the pier’s unique history. One of the unique features of the Pier 70 redevelopment plan is Crane Cove Park, which is adjacent to the Port of San Francisco’s active ship repair yard, and includes the preservation of two historic cranes and the historic ship building slip-way.  Crane Cove Park is also part of San Francisco’s emerging Blue Greenway open space network that is providing connections to the waterfront from land and water along the southeast shoreline.   Overall, these planned features will revitalize this historic community and provide new focal points along San Francisco’s southern waterfront.

For more information about this project, visit the Port of San Francisco’s website by clicking here.