From the now singular proposal from the four finalists selected to bid for the opportunity to redevelop the 30-acre Fort Winfield Scott campus in the Presidio:
Last September, at the public presentation of the RFCP responses, Presidio Trust Board members suggested that the four teams selected to move forward with the RFP process reach out to each other and explore opportunities for collaboration. It was obvious to the Board, and to anyone in the room that night, that the teams had complementary visions for the Fort Winfield Scott Campus. As it turns out, the collaboration process had begun long before that evening’s presentations.
As early as last spring, various organizations vying for the opportunity to develop Fort Winfield Scott began exploring how their teams could work together, not just in the development of Fort Winfield Scott, but more importantly, how they could support each other in achieving their organization’s respective missions and, collectively, do something larger than any single entity could achieve on their own.
On a more operational level, both the Forum and EPIC were concerned about how they would manage the complex effort of bringing numerous people and organizations to Fort Winfield Scott — of varying sizes and for indeterminate durations — to participate in the important collaborative problem-solving at the heart of the campus’ raison d’etre, while staying focused on their missions. Adding The We Company’s management platform and business model for facilitating flexible, shared workspace made perfect sense. By September’s public RFCP presentations, the Forum, EPIC and The We Company had already agreed to combine forces for an RFP response. By December, OpenAI decided to join the team as well. During this time, Orton Development and Kilroy Realty decided it was in their best interests, and that of the combined team and project, to withdraw from the bidding process.
On the surface, it seems obvious that the Forum, EPIC, OpenAI, and The We Company should combine to create what we’re calling the Fort Winfield Scott Campus for Change. Working out the many details of how each organization will occupy Fort Winfield Scott, however, and how the combined team will develop and manage the historic campus, has taken many months of discussion. We are confident that the effort was well worth the many late nights, having created, jointly, a vision bolder and stronger than any of us could when standing apart. Together as one team, we are pleased to be submitting a cohesive and united proposal before the Presidio Trust.
As proposed, the singular proposal would now yield over 284,000 square feet of renovated office space; 21,500 square feet of new construction (with lodging, conference space and a 1,500 square foot transit center); up to 4,600 square feet of retail space (including shops, restaurants and cafes); and parking for around 500 cars.
And if the one proposal, which is slated to be formally presented to the Presidio Trust at the end of next month, is approved by the Trust in May, along with a Letter of Intent (LOI) and lease, the project team is aiming to secure control of the Fort Scott Campus by the fourth quarter of 2021, start work on the $200 million project by the end of that year, and complete the redevelopment in the fourth quarter of 2023.