Yerba Buena Garden

The Cultural Heart of San Francisco

Yerba Buena Garden


To a major San Francisco park, while performing simultaneously with other on-site construction trades, Korotkin Associates had to complete the east side podium installation within a short deadline of a couple of months, in order to meet the mayor’s dedication ceremony. Working alongside other trades was spatially difficult and coordination highly complex. To complicate site conditions and efficiency no trade was allowed to enter the podium area with trucks or equipment, due to weight constraints and lack of staging areas.


The City hired a consulting construction company to oversee the General Contractor and all the Subs to coordinate the park’s implementation. For the landscape, soil was pumped into the planting areas and the custom grown 60” box trees were craned in from the street.


The garden completed on time and the mayor’s opening ceremony took place as scheduled. Together Yerba Buena Gardens and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, across from the east garden, became the art and cultural hub (or center) of San Francisco.