City College of San Francisco Vertical Campus Provides Gateway to the Future

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EHDD/Barcelon + Jang joint venture consolidates six disparate locations at central campus serving over 4,000 students.

This design gesture is powerful on many levels. This campus is a place where new immigrants can start their new lives and where those needing new skills to succeed in a global economy can continue their journey.

Open, dynamic and transparent, the new City College of San Francisco Chinatown North Beach campus is the result of more than 30 years of grass-roots activism and reflects the college’s goal to provide a model for higher education. “As one of the largest community and junior colleges in the country, CCSF’s impact extends beyond the greater Bay Area, so it was an honor for EHDD to be involved in this project. CCSF serves a diverse population, and our design team created an inclusive community for teaching and learning in a traditionally underserved neighborhood,” states EHDD principal in charge Jennifer K. Devlin-Herbert, FAIA LEED® AP.

Situated at the intersection of Chinatown and North Beach and bordering the Financial and historic Jackson Square districts, the “vertical campus” rises 14 stories and provides 39 classrooms and laboratories, administrative offices, library and a community room which opens up into a terrace overlooking Portsmouth Square. (A 4-story annex houses the culinary program which includes a teaching kitchen, a community auditorium, four classrooms and a public café.) The design process required more than 10 years of stakeholder buy-in from wide ranging interests such as the San Francisco community, historic preservationists, and educators. Darlene Jang, principal at Barcelon + Jang with whom EHDD joint ventured on the project states, “We created an anchor for the community, while providing the college with a campus to support its 21st century teaching requirements.”

Construction for the 194,000 square foot campus began in 2008 and is the tallest concrete structure to go through the rigorous plan checking process required by the Division of the State Architect (DSA), while also employing sustainable design and construction practices. “The diverse programming and complexity of the new Chinatown North Beach Campus required a high degree of teamwork. It is a fantastic example of successful team collaboration,” says Bruce Berardi, General Manager of Lend Lease California. Taking full advantage of its urban site, the campus is located within close proximity to an extensive public transportation network. Bike racks and showers are provided as an additional option for urban commuters. Slated for LEED Gold certification, the building creates a transparency that makes clear to passersby the building’s academic purpose. In homage to the waves of migrations which shaped the neighborhood, the building’s façade features a photograph of a young immigrant girl, printed on glass. EHDD’s Ms. Devlin-Herbert explains, “This design gesture is powerful on many levels. This campus is a place where new immigrants can start their new lives and where those needing new skills to succeed in a global economy can continue their journey.”

ABOUT EHDD —is an architecture, interiors, planning, and urban design firm founded in 1946 in San Francisco; a city known for embracing ideas about the future. This ethos has informed EHDD’s work since the beginning, resulting in forward thinking designs that last for generations. The firm’s portfolio includes Sea Ranch, Monterey Bay Aquarium, City College of San Francisco Chinatown/North Beach Campus, and net-zero projects— including The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Exploratorium at Pier 15. EHDD has received over 100 design awards and honors including the Firm of the Year and Gold Medal Awards from the National American Institute of Architects. http://www.ehdd.com

ABOUT BARCELON + JANG established their San Francisco firm in 1976 developing specialization in academic/community facilities, supportive housing, and museum /gallery architecture. The firm's folio of work reflects the partners' commitment to designing responsible architecture as places for people. The completed commissions are often projects on physically challenging sites and limited funding resources. Barcelon and Jang are adept in consensus building by the interfacing the design process with their clients, the community and building users groups in an open dialogue. The firm is engaged in all aspects of the design process including master planning, project feasibility, historic building renovations, construction administration, new construction and building rehabilitation. The partners have designed such acclaimed and award-winning projects as the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, the San Francisco Tenderloin Community School and Child Development Center and the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA. http://www.barcelonjang.com

LEND LEASE is a leading international property and infrastructure group. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and with circa 18,000 employees worldwide, the firm’s capabilities span the property and infrastructure spectrum. The Americas region, headquartered in New York, offers project management & construction, public partnerships, development, asset and property management. Our expertise covers multiple sectors including arts & culture, commercial office, education, government, healthcare, hotels & resorts, industrial, military housing communities, mixed-use, multi-site, pharmaceutical, senior living, solar, transportation and aviation. We are committed to operating property solutions while forging partnerships and delivering maximum benefits to clients, investors and communities. http://www.lendlease.com

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