SFMTA Islais Creek Vehicle Maintenance Facility

All-new vehicle maintenance facility for 164 buses, completed 2018

For generations, federal and city departments located major industrial uses along the Islais Creek Channel in southeast San Francisco. When the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) proposed a vehicle maintenance facility on a 10-acre site there, residents opposed another industrial building. SFMTA planners and the architects worked with the Bay Conservation Development Commission, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Port of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Art Commission to forge consensus among and win support for the building’s site plan, appearance, and public amenities.

Aerial view of Islais Creek Vehicle Maintenance Facility
Open air design minimizes HVAC use

Constructed on a brownfield site, the three-building complex includes parking for up to 164 bus coaches, a public shoreline plaza with sculptures, and staff offices. The San Francisco Department of the Environment praised the design’s advanced green features in its first publication. The fuel/wash station relies on reclaimed water. North-facing clerestory windows maximize daylight, and the open-air design further saves energy by minimizing mechanical equipment. The roof can accommodate future photovoltaic panels.

Art installation along the waterfront at Islais Creek
North facing clearstory windows maximizes day light
The staff Annex building was part of Phase 1 construction

Related vehicle maintenance projects: SFMTA Woods Facility Modernization, SFMTA Welton Flynn Facility, SamTrans North Base, SamTrans South Base, BART Hayward Yard Modernization, BART Richmond Yard Modernization


San Francisco, CA

Construction Cost

$60 million


San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

Prime Consultant

Gannett Fleming Engineers followed by URS RCC JV


Robin Chiang & Company