Family House: Our Future at Mission Bay
As Family House looks to the future, we hope to continue serving the pediatric patient population when UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital moves to the Mission Bay Area of San Francisco. The area is being redeveloped from the ground up, which means Family House must acquire a piece of land and construct a new building in the vicinity of the hospital to fulfill our mission. Plans are under way to ensure that families will receive the same care, comfort and compassionate housing completely free of charge while their child receives care at the new hospital.
Please click here to read our mission statement, and please click here to make a much-needed donation. Your support means everything at this critical juncture as we work towards securing new property and look to the start of construction of a new house.
Nancy Grand, one half of our naming donors, Nancy and Stephen Grand, has joined the Family House Board of Directors. Nancy brings many years of successful nonprofit board service and leadership to our excellent team of dedicated board members. Having recently rotated off the Jewish Community Federation Board of Directors as Chair, the timing was just right for Nancy to turn her attention to our wonderful project. Welcome, Nancy!
Family House land use attorney, Karen Tiedemann (talented beyond words), is finalizing the Owner's Participation Agreement with the City's Redevelopment Successor Agency. This, on the tail of last month's signed, executed Transfer Agreement, represents another milestone of success. We expect the final land title for Mission Bay's Block 7 East to transfer to Family House sometime mid-2014, so keep your calendar ready for a groundbreaking party that none of you, our donors, will want to miss!
Richard Stacy and Gregg Novicoff are heading up the architectural and design team at Leddy, Maytum and Stacy (LMS). They are at the midway point through the schematic design of the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House, and it's taking beautiful shape. To say this is a thrilling step is to understate the palpable energy that our staff, board of directors, donors, volunteers, and families feel. To date, LMS has put together an excellent and diverse group of San Francisco consultants and contractors to round out the talent needed to plan the building.
And speaking of plans, Family House draws upon its very own Kevin Williams, General Manager of the Ritz Carlton Residences in San Francisco, for help in planning the new building. Kevin is ably taking the staff (including our housekeeping folks) through a series of planning sessions to make sure that the building operation is efficient, attractive, and comfortable. Thank you, Kevin.
At long last, and after an exhaustive open and competitive contractor selection process, the Family House Real Estate Committee, headed up by Steve Goldfarb, recommended to the Family House Board of Directors at its regular meeting on September 11th that Nibbi Brothers General Contractors be selected to build our new building, and we couldn't be happier. Special thanks to Jeff Hoopes, President of Swinerton Contractors, who added his expertise to the process. Welcome to Nibbi Brothers!
Real Estate Committee members, Steve Goldfarb, Roger Swanson, Sue Diamond, Paul Finigan, and Scott Miller have worked tirelessly through each process of selection to make sure that Family House continues to measure outcomes by the best standards and practices of nonprofits.
To date, we've raised over $24 million. However, the big news is that we've added a star player to our capital campaign team: our naming donor and newest board member, Nancy Grand, has agreed to join the Capital Campaign Committee! This exciting addition will increase our visibility in the community, and help Family House achieve its $40 million goal to build a welcoming home for every pediatric family who needs our services. Again, welcome Nancy!
Lorcan Kearney from Cambridge Community Builders, has officially joined the Family House team to oversee all aspects of pre-construction and construction processes. Without Lorcan, whose good humor, outstanding skills, and experience at Mission Bay have taken us to this point, we would not have gotten so far so quickly. Thank you, Lorcan.
The final Transfer Agreement, which gives Family House legal control of Block 7E has been finalized by all parties. This is truly a milestone in our years-long pursuit of acquiring this property, and the result of many hours of meetings, negotiations, studies, drafts, public hearings - you name it! It's taken many hands, and fortunately, we have experts both as consultants and as volunteers who have devoted all of their time and talent to make this happen. Being patient is an important and ubiquitous trait at Family House; we know that a long, arduous medical process can lead to tremendous success. Whether waiting for clean scans or a land deal to complete, our staff, families, donors, volunteers are here to realize the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay, whatever it takes!
Now that the land is ours, the San Francisco architectural firm of Leddy, Maytum and Stacy are on the job. The conceptual design, which many of you have seen will, over the next several months, turn into construction drawings. So, our friends at LMS will begin the final drawings (or schematic phase) this month. To accomplish this, they are putting together the pre-construction consulting team who will weigh in on different aspects of building use and design. Various engineers, landscape architects, interior architects, geotechnical consultants and others play an important role in finalizing plans to create an efficient and attractive building.
To comply with best practices of development at Mission Bay, Family House is working with the City's Senior Compliance Specialist, George Bridges. Mr. Bridges and LMS will strive to make sure that Small Business Enterprises, and Woman and Minority Owned Businesses are included in key positions throughout the development of our new building.
Our Real Estate Committee has interviewed three outstanding San Francisco General Contractors with experience in developing affordable housing in Mission Bay. The geographical and planning complexities of the area necessitated that many excellent firms who might otherwise be considered, would not have the expertise to work with Family House to complete our project on time and on budget. Selection of the General Contractor will occur at the next Board of Directors meeting in September. We can hardly wait!
To date, we've raised $23.8 million!! An exiting effort is being made to realize our $40MM fundraising goal: the UCSF Pediatric staff, from top to bottom, are learning about our new building and ways in which they may support and participate in it. So far, everyone - nurses, social workers, physicians, administrators and staff are enthusiastically looking forward to supporting us. We hope to speak with everyone at UCSF, and to all interested parties everywhere!
It is with tremendous excitement that we can announce that state and local approvals have been received to acquire lot 7E in Mission Bay to build the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House!
As we move forward in finalizing legalities, Family House hopes to take control of the land as early as this fall, and could receive title to the property as early as January 2014.
Overall fundraising for our project stands at $23.7 million in funds raised and pledged. We are over 2/3 of the way to completing the campaign, and need your continued help to make our goal of housing every child's family in need during their treatment.
On behalf of everyone at Family House, thank you for all of your efforts in support of our truly important mission.
We are delighted to share exciting news just on the horizon for the Family House Mission Bay project. After almost two years of negotiations, including the dissolution of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and establishment of entirely new administrative governing entities, Family House finally has its land acquisition in sight.
On June 4th, Family House presented to the Successor Agency of the Redevelopment Agency, and on June 10th, we presented to the Oversight Board. We shared the many letters of support, and received approval at both meetings. We truly could not have made these first steps without you.
We are now steps closer to the legal success of our land acquisition for development and operation on Block 7 East at Mission Bay. Our excellent legal team of Karen Tiedemann, Sue Diamond and Steve Goldfarb have negotiated with all relevant stakeholders, and are responsible for any success we may have in this area.
With good luck and a lot of preparation, now that City agencies have approved our documents, the project must still receive the approval of the State Department of Finance, which has 45 days to consider the matter. This piece, as well as other approvals, should not be assumed to be a fait accompli. If all goes well, Family House could legally control the land by September 1, 2013, and would receive title to the property by January 2014 when $2.5 million is transferred to the City for investment in Mission Bay affordable housing.
Overall fundraising for our project stands at $22.5 million in funds raised and pledged. We are about 2/3 of the way to goal, and need your continued help to make our goal of housing every child's family in need during their treatment.
On a related note, for all who have met our patient, Austin Young, and his family, you will be delighted to know that he's got a full schedule of Gaming 4 a Cause events this summer to benefit Family House. As Austin enters UC Davis in the fall, we will continue to support this young man's successes in facing cancer for the past 19 years, and giving back to those who have helped him. He is an inspiration to all of us working so hard to be there for all of the new families who will need our services at Mission Bay.
On behalf of everyone at Family House, especially our incredibly grateful parents, thank you for all of your efforts in support of our truly important mission.
The Annual Family House Gala, this year's Madmen party on May 4th, is yet another opportunity to showcase those who benefit from our services, as well as our generous donors who support our mission. We hope you'll make every effort to attend, as this year's Gala promises to be the most memorable yet.
Board member Gerry Sangiacomo hosted a beautiful open house and breakfast at our 50 Irving Street building for 50 of her closest friends. During the morning fete, guests were able to tour the house, meet staff and hear directly from our families what Family House means to them. Several event attendees signed up on the spot to volunteer, learn more and make donations.
The 19th Annual Cabernet for Connoisseurs wine tasting, dinner and auction was a smashing success! The party kicked off with the announcement of the Grands' naming pledge, which set the tone for event co-chairs Karen and Neil Aldoroty to put on a party that brought in over $800,000. Exceeding all expected goals, many new people were introduced to Family House, our mission, and a lot of excellent wine. Follow up meetings are already in process to further acquaint our community with our fine work and plans for the future. To view some photos from Cabernet for Connoisseurs 2013, please click here.
Board members Art Ablin and Michelle Hermiston were integral participants of our UCSF Capital Campaign Kickoff Ice Cream Social at the hospital in April for the Pediatric Division Heads, faculty and staff. We were able to speak directly to over 150 potential donors to the campaign who were shown the schematics and hear our exciting news about the future of Family House in Mission Bay. To view some photos from that event, please click here.
Family House has been working diligently to secure land in Mission Bay to build our new 80 room facility. Acquisition of the land is a vital step to achieving our dream. It's been a long wait, but Mayor Lee has finally appointed a new Commission to succeed the Redevelopment Agency Commission, which has the legal authority to sign the contract with Family House to purchase 30,000 square feet of Block 7 East to develop at Mission Bay. The two parties must sign a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) as the first step in legally acquiring this piece of land. As we understand from the City staff members, Family House will be among the first group of DDAs in the queue of development projects at Mission Bay to be considered by the new SFRA. Our hope is to have a signed, executed DDA by the second quarter of this year. This will mark a tremendous milestone in the project, as we have been in conversation with the City for many years for this piece of Block 7.
The architectural firm of Leddy, Maytum and Stacy has prepared conceptual drawings of a new Family House at Mission Bay with floor plans. We look forward to starting the final schematic drawings once we're further along on fundraising.
Our goal is to manage this large construction project in such a way as to make sure we are efficient and cost effective. We are in the process of identifying appropriate and qualified consulting firms from which we will seek proposals to identify an Owner's Representative. Once hired, this firm will assist in all facets of hiring, overseeing and finishing the construction process. Their first piece of business will be to work with us to issue a request for proposal to qualified contractors for an open and competitive bidding process.
Carneghi and Blum Appraisers have completed a full appraisal of our two existing properties; and we intend to start the process to find a buyer for these two sites, so that we can apply the sales amount to our overall Mission Bay goal of $40 million.
We're going great guns in the silent phase of our project. The outstanding capital campaign committee is actively cultivating and soliciting donors. We hope you will share your passion and support for Family House with your friend and family and encourage them to join the growing number of our volunteers, friends and supporters.
Building Blox Consulting is another essential component of our fundraising team. They are, along with Campaign Manager, Susan Neff, are providing strategic counseling on donor research and solicitation.
Board members, Amy and Drew McKnight, held a successful cultivation event in their home for colleagues in the investment community in November. One-on-one meetings are scheduled to follow up for cultivation and solicitation.
Cabernet for Connoisseurs, to be held on Friday, February 8 at the San Francisco St. Regis Hotel is being designated as the next big cultivation opportunity for potential campaign donors. Drew McKnight, Scott Miller, George Hamel and others are purchasing tables to invite individuals interested in the Family House mission and involved with philanthropy. We look forward to a hugely successful event.
Family House staff were invited to take a hard hat tour of the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in August. Construction is well underway - the shell of the building is up, and the interior construction has begun: I-beams, drywall, and studs. It's becoming easier to imagine how the renderings of the new patient rooms will take shape at Mission Bay. Acute Care and Intensive Care patient rooms are being designed not just for the best possible patient care, but also to be a comfortable environment for families, and an efficient place to work for medical staff. You can read more about the project by visiting the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital website. View the photos below of Family House staff at Mission Bay, and check back soon for more updates.