The City & County of San Francisco has been named ENR California's 2013 Owner of the Year. The article will appear in the April edition of ENR California, and will primarily focus on the City & County's Public Works Department. 

Every year, the ENR regional sections select an owner to spotlight based on several criteria: the number and size of current projects under way and in development; sustainability goals; diversity; innovation; and reputation in the industry.

Past winners include the Los Angeles World Airports in 2012 and Kaiser Permanente in 2011. 

As the only integrated City/County in the state, San Francisco iis very active in sustainability, through pursuit of LEED gold standards and energy and water use reduction. Several industry clients have praised the city's progressive attitude towards implementing Integrated Project Delivery on most major projects. 

And of course, there are the projects: The $887-million San Francisco General Hospital is the first hospital in the state to be built using a base-isolated foundation for earthquake resistance. The 9-story hospital was funded by a bond measure that was supported by 84% of the voters. 

The $164-million San Francisco Public Safety Building consolidates three departments and incorporates a historic fire station as new civic space. The LEED-Gold-targeted project incorporated integrated project delivery from the onset. 

The $70-million James R Herman Cruise Terminal transforms the existing ten-acre Pier 27 into a year-round cruise terminal and a temporary base for the America's Cup. 

To read more about the City & County of San Francisco, be sure to read the April edition of ENR California!