34th America's Cup

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San Francisco will host international sailing’s premier race starting in July 2013. According to City officials, the race is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of spectators, pump $1.4 billion into the local economy and create 8,800 new jobs – providing an economic impact greater than any sporting event except for the World Cup or the Olympics. The City turned to ESA to prepare fast-track CEQA and NEPA documentation and provide technical and logistical support for complex multi-agency regulatory compliance. ESA is leading, and integral to a number of project implementation plans including a zero waste management plan and an event sustainability plan.

In order to prepare for the 40 to 60 days of 2013 sailing races and 2012 preliminary races, the City is working with Cup event planners and racing organizers to improve piers; construct temporary docking, sailing team staging and spectator facilities; dredge mooring basins; plan race events, and get approvals from an array of local, state and federal agencies. Proposed America’s Cup Village facilities would be coordinated with, and support the future construction of the Port’s new Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, as well as a major new Wharf Plaza. The project is significant in scope including waterfront construction, programmed spectator landside venues and water race management. The environmental impact report (EIR), parallel NEPA documentation, and regulatory permitting all need to be completed within a one year timeframe.

The 1,500 page Draft EIR was completed within five months of the release of the Notice of Preparation. The document has been hailed as one of most expeditious and comprehensive environmental analyses ever prepared for such a complex and wide ranging project. ESA continues to work with Cup event organizers, key federal agencies such as the National Park Service, US Coast Guard, and the US Army Corps of Engineers; and the City and Port of San Francisco to ensure the 2013 event is the most well-planned and environmentally sensitive America’s Cup to date.

This project received NAEP’s prestigious President’s 2013 National Environmental Excellence Award and the 2013 AEP Outstanding Award in the Environmental Analysis category.

Specialized Services

  • Baseline protocol and surveys
  • California AB 32, SB 32 and SB 375 compliance
  • Carbon neutral strategies
  • Carbon offset and sequestration program design and documentation
  • Clean Water Act
  • Coastal Zone Management Act
  • Content analysis
  • Development feasibility (constraints/opportunities, due diligence)
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Environmental assessments
  • Environmental impact reports
  • Environmental scoping meetings
  • Fisheries
  • Geological and soils investigations
  • Habitat evaluations
  • High-quality cartographic mapping
  • Historic maritime archaeology
  • Historical American Building Survey (HABS) documentation
  • Historical investigations, documentation, and plans
  • Metrics development and performance measurement
  • Modeling and analysis
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
  • Native American, ethnographic, and archaeological studies
  • Park and land management plans
  • Project website; social media management and communication materials development
  • Real-time data collection systems
  • Rivers and Harbors Act
  • Section 106 compliance and documentation
  • Shadow and glare studies
  • Traffic and parking studies
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Visual impact analyses
  • Visual simulations
  • Water quality analyses
  • Wind and meteorological investigations

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