Local Government Facilities

SFMI serves local government in a variety of capacities, from design of live council coverage television systems to police and fire stations to design of city-wide communications networks.  Our experience in the design of city libraries, community centers and park and rec facilities can be found on those pages of the site.

Council Chambers

SFMI provides a wide range of design services for the civic council chambers and boardrooms, including design of:

  • Live Television Capture, Broadcast, Production and Webcast/Streaming Systems: Design of systems to accommodate broadcast grade television recording and/or feed of live broadcast, either as complete live origination systems or as future provisions. The design includes control room space provisions layout, television lighting requirements, camera positions and remote control and interface to the local Government Access Channel and provisions for webcasting of live and archive streams.
  • Sound Systems, Logging Systems & Architectural Acoustics: Design of sound reinforcement system coupled with engineering of appropriate room acoustics to allow Council Members to hear one another and to hear the public presenter as well as interacting with the public in attendance. A multichannel digital logging system is usually incorporated to allow proceedings to be recorded for the permanent record. Air-conditioning and interior noise are mitigated through HVAC noise control and interior sound isolation to enhance speech intelligibility.
  • Video Projection & Audiovisual Systems:  Projection and display systems, including projection for the attending public with the image duplicated for council and staff members and attendees in overflow rooms to allow the public, council and staff alike to engage with the meetings visual content.
  • Congress Voting Systems: Design of systems to electronically assist in collecting, displaying and logging votes taken during council sessions. Provides electronic implementation of local Rules of Order, often speeding the voting process and ensuring procedural compliance. Interfaces with sound system to operate to advise Mayor and/or Clerk of requests to speak during deliberations, maintains queues order and allows members to cancel requests. Enables voting only during voting period, allows prompting of those who have not voted yet at the close of voting.
  • Data Networking, Voice Telephony and Broadband Systems: Design of systems to accommodate integrated telephone, computers and video distribution (MATV) and the supporting cabling infrastructure.

Our Project experience includes:

Local Government Council Chambers

  • San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, CA
  • Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles, CA
  • Antioch City Hall, Antioch, CA
  • Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley, CA
  • Cathedral City City Hall, Cathedral City, CA
  • Carson City Hall, Carson City, CA
  • Coalinga City Hall, Coalinga, CA
  • Culver City, City Hall, Culver City, CA
  • Fresno City Hall, Fresno, CA
  • Kern County Administration Facility, Bakersfield, CA
  • Mountain View City Hall, Mountain View, CA
  • Ontario City Hall, Ontario, CA
  • Palo Alto Public Libraries, Palo Alto, California
  • Rancho Cucamonga Civic Center, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Redondo Beach City Hall, Council Chamber, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Santa Clara County, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room Chamber, San Jose, CA
  • Santa Clara County, Sherriff's Auditorium, San Jose, CA
  • San Francisco Housing Authority, San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, CA
  • San Mateo City Hall, San Mateo, CA
  • South County Civic Center, San Luis Obispo, CA

K-12 and Community College Boardrooms

  • West Valley-Mission Community College District, Mission College Campus Boardroom, Santa Clara, California
  • Merced Community College District Boardroom, Merced, California
  • Dublin Schools Boardroom, Dublin California
  • Palm Springs Unified School District Boardroom, Palm Springs, California
  • Santa Clara County Board of Education, Boardroom, San Jose, California

In addition to our work in designing City Halls, Council Chambers and local libraries, SFMI performs a considerable body of municipal and local government work. Included in our project experience are the following:

Citywide Communications Infrastructure

  • San Francisco International Airport, City of San Francisco Data Center, San Francisco, California
  • City of Berkeley. Citywide PBX and Wide Area Data Network linking 40 sites.
  • City of Lafayette, Lafayette California. Citywide telephone and data systems upgrades.

Civic Centers and Departmental Headquarters

  • City of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters, San Francisco, California
  • City of San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, California
  • Berkeley Civic Center, Berkeley, California
  • Kern County Administration Facility, Bakersfield, CA
  • City of Albany, Civic Center Complex, Albany California

Police Stations

  • City of San Francisco, Public Safety Building incl. Police Headquarters and Southern Police Station, San Francisco, California
  • City of San Francisco Police Department Traffic Company and Forensic Science Division Building
  • Marin County Emergency Operations Facility, Marin County, California
  • City of Berkeley Public Safety Building, Fire & Police Headquarters, Berkeley, California
  • City of Santa Clara Police Headquarters, Santa Clara, California
  • City of San Rafael Public Safety Building, San Rafael, California
  • City of Paso Robles Public Safety Center, Paso Robles, California
  • City of Pacifica Police Station and 911 Dispatch, Pacifica, California
  • City of Vacaville Police Headquarters, Vacaville, California
  • County Sheriff's Shooting Range, County of Santa Clara, CA

Fire Stations and Comm Centers

  • Ventura County Fire Communications Center, Camarillo, California
  • City of San Francisco Firehouse 1, San Francisco, California
  • City of San Francisco Firehouse 4, San Francisco, California
  • City of San Francisco Historic Fire Station 30, San Francisco, California
  • City of Santa Clara Fire Station No 2 and Training Facility, Santa Clara, California
  • City of Santa Clara Fire Station No 6, Santa Clara, California
  • Concord Naval Weapons Station, Fire Station, Concord California
  • Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Seal Beach, California

Utility Yards and Corporation Yards

  • City of Burlingame Corporation Yard, Burlingame, California
  • City of Palo Alto, Alma Street Substation, Palo Alto, California
  • City of Palo Alto, Maybell Electric Substation, Palo Alto, California
  • City of Ripon, Water Storage Tank CCTV System, Ripon, California
  • City of Vacaville, Wastewater Treatment Plant Administration Building, Vacaville, California
  • City of Vacaville, Corporation Yard, Transit Center, Vacaville, California
San Francisco City Hall Dome

San Francisco City Hall Dome

Ventura County Fire Communications Center Dispatch Room

Ventura County Fire Communications Center Dispatch Room