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Historic Assets and Risks Report Team

Project Lead – Andrew Wolfram, TEF Design

Owner/Client – Steven Reel, Port of San Francisco

Report Author – Samantha Rose, TEF Design

Lead Engineer – Darren Milson, Jacbos (formerly CH2M)/ Arcadis Team (Embarcadero Seawall Project lead)

Landscape Architect – Kevin Conger, CMG Landscape Architects

Public Life Survey – Sofie Kvist, Gehl Architects

Urban Design – Cathy Simon, Cathy Simon FAIA Architecture and Urbanism

Historic Assets and Risks Report for the Embarcadero Seawall

The Embarcadero Seawall Historic Assets and Risks Report of San Francisco is a winner for the 2022 Preservation Design Award for Cultural Resource Studies & Reports. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About the Historic Assets and Risks Report

San Francisco’s growth and culture has been tied to the waterfront since its founding almost 250 years ago. Today, this rich history is manifest in the Embarcadero Historic District — added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2006 — and the last largely intact historic break-bulk cargo port in the United States.

The Port of San Francisco’s Embarcadero Seawall Program — which includes most of the Embarcadero Historic District — seeks to understand and address earthquake and flood risks along the waterfront. As part of the Program’s Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment (MHRA), the Historic Assets and Risks Report catalogs the historic buildings and structures along a three-mile length of the waterfront, highlighting their significance and important features and providing information on their potential exposure to earthquakes and flooding. Ultimately this report and the larger MHRA will inform future projects along the Embarcadero to create a more sustainable and resilient waterfront.