Creating Community Connection
San Francisco’s historic Central YMCA (1909), a nine-story Classical building located in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood, has been transformed into supportive housing for the homeless and a health center for residents of supportive housing and the homeless. The adaptive use project created 174 micro-units of permanent housing and preserved the original sky-lit second-floor lobby,…
The majestic 1909 Central YMCA — now known as Kelly Cullen Community — is a beloved landmark in San Francisco’s diverse Tenderloin neighborhood …and a terrific example of adaptive use. In 2007, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation bought the nine-story Classical building to transform an at-risk corner into safe, affordable housing. Their five-year, $95M…
Santa Rita Elementary School, an existing public school project on 14 acres, modernized permanent buildings, added classrooms, and converted an existing classroom to new school offices. The 21,000-square-foot project qualified for a Savings By Design incentive as well as state energy efficiency grants by beating Title 24 by 35 percent through a combination of envelope…
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Kelly Cullen Community integrates home and health through adaptive reuse of the 1909 Central YMCA, providing 174 supportive housing units for the formerly homeless, and health services for homeless and Tenderloin residents. The $55m project reconfigured, upgraded, and restored the 139,200 square foot masonry building in 2012.
Place Design Award
The Place Design Award is given annually to design, planning and research projects that are distinguished by an interdisciplinary focus, concern for human factors in the design of the built environment, and commitment to promoting links between design practice and design research. The program is co-sponsored by the Environmental Design Research Association and Places Journal.