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Golden State Warriors will give ‘conceptual introduction’ to Mission Bay arena project


The Golden State Warriors will meet with Mission Bay residents on Thursday to discuss the basic outlines of the team’s development plans in the neighborhood.

The presentation will not have detailed mock-ups of the project, but will give the community more detail about the development than what has been available so far.

The team does not yet have detailed designs, said spokesman PJ Johnston. He said the meeting will be “a conceptual introduction” of the team’s arena project, which will be on a block bounded by 3rd, South and 16th streets and Terry Francois Boulevard. It may also include discussion of the team’s plan to build office space on the site, Johnston said.

The team will solicit feedback from the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee on their proposal that can be incorporated into design drawings.

The Warriors earlier this year said the team will build a privately-financed arena in Mission Bay, dropping plans to build an arena on Piers 30-32 as the club had announced in 2012.

The team said it wants to leave Oakland’s Oracle Arena to open a new arena in San Francisco in time for the 2018 NBA season.

The first drawings of the San Francisco arena are not expected until September at the earliest. “We asked them (the Warriors) to come back in September to flesh (the design) out more,” said Corinne Woods, the chair of the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee.

Woods said she and other advisory committee members will want to hear about how the arena’s design will address a main concern in the neighborhood: the flow of traffic and pedestrians during events.

The Warriors’ design team includes Snohetta and the senior design advisor is Craig Dykers. Manica is the design architect. Magnusson Klemencic Associates is working on structural design and Smith Seckman Reid is an engineering design firm working on mechanical, electrical and plumbing in the arena.

More firms will be brought in as the project proceeds, Johnston said, and individual firms’ roles will evolve over time.

This article was written by Eric Young and originally ran in the San Francisco Business Times on August 12, 2014.

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