San Francisco Unified School District Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School Modernization Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Francisco Unified School District
Document Title
San Francisco Unified School District Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School Modernization Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The San Francisco Unified School District proposes to seismically strengthen and modernize all existing BVHM School Building interiors and exteriors and reconstruct/reprogram the north and south courtyards. The SFUSD would: (1) demolish a part of Building C2—a 6,225-square-foot cafeteria, (2) construct new Building C4 in its place—a 5,574-square-foot two-story classroom building, (3) replace natural gas infrastructure with electric and reroute/replace above- and below-ground utilities, (4) widen the vehicle driveway off Bartlett Street for fire department accessibility, and (5) increase student capacity and number of classrooms but by less than 25 percent or ten classrooms. The SFUSD would upgrade heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and plumbing, electrical, telecommunications, alarm, and security systems. The SFUSD Project design accounts for the 2017 Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings (Secretary’s Standards). See Attachments: (A) Project Description, (B) Historical Resource Evaluation (HRE), (C) HRE Peer Review, (D) Secretary’s Standards Project Review and Impacts Screening Memorandum, and (E) Air Quality and Health Risk Assessments.

Contact Information

Licinia Iberri
Agency Name
San Francisco Unified School District
Job Title
Bond Program Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
3351 23rd Street and 1241 Valencia Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
Assessor’s Block 3643, Lot #034

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 14, CEQA Guidelines Section 15314
Reasons for Exemption
This project consists of the seismic strengthening of all BVHM School Buildings, demolition of a portion of Building C2, construction of Building C4 in its place, and exterior and interior updates to all BVHM School Buildings (e.g., exterior window and exterior and interior finish repair, rehabilitation, and/or replacement; improvements to classrooms and staff/student support spaces and resource areas [e.g., library, wellness center]; accessibility upgrades to restrooms), and updates to interior courtyards for expanded/improved programming, accessibility (e.g., install new ramps and stairs), and permeability (e.g., regrade and replace existing asphalt pavement) in accordance with the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s stormwater management requirements. All BVHM School Building systems and utilities would also be modernized per SFUSD’s Carbon Reduction Plan and Zero Net Energy guidelines. There would a negligible change in the building area for BVHM School Buildings and a minor increase in classrooms and student capacity but not above cited thresholds in the various exempt categories discussed below. The project is exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, Existing Facilities; Section 15302, Replacement or Reconstruction; Section 15303, New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures; Section 15314, Minor Additions to Schools; and Section 15331, Historical Resource Restoration/Rehabilitation.
County Clerk
San Francisco


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