Design for University High School’s California Street Campus in San Francisco

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For over 40 years, San Francisco University High School (SFUHS) has excelled as a leader in secondary education in the Bay Area, building strong and deepening ties among its students, teachers, administrators, families, alumni, and the larger community. This will be the school’s first ground-up project, which will support reorganizing and re-energizing their existing four building campus. The new facility will replace a 1940s-era strip mall, an L-shaped building with onsite parking which had occupied the location. As an urban infill project, the building will add density to an underused site, provide a public face for the campus on a transit-rich, mixed-use street, and enrich the public life of the block.

The proposed 48,000-square-foot San Francisco University High School building will help to address challenges of the existing campus, which has outgrown its existing campus that is spread over several blocks in the Pacific Heights Neighborhood. Currently, STEM facilities are split between multiple buildings on campus. The California Street Campus will unite all the STEM classrooms and faculty offices on a single floor. The existing gymnasium, “The Devil Dome,” no longer serves the needs of a thriving athletic program. The new gymnasium will allow for multiple practice courts and a 650-seat competition court, which will also double as a venue for all-school meetings. With the addition of the California Street Campus, access to food, administration, faculty, and community can be spread evenly across the five campuses unifying the character of the school and creating fertile ground for learning. The California Street Campus is targeting Net -Zero Energy, becoming a teaching tool for a sustainable future. Under construction, the project’s estimated completion date is Spring 2025. 


Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects design team

William Leddy

Aaron Thornton

Frances Kwong

Jasen Bohlander

Aruna Bolisetty 

Chris Detjen

Sara Sepandar

San Francisco University High School Project team

Architecture and Interiors: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Contractor: Truebeck Construction

Structural Engineer: Forell Elsesser

MEP/Lighting Engineer: PAE/LUMA

Civil Engineer: Luk and Associates

Landscape Architect: In Situ landscape Architecture

Food Service: Patrick Stein and Associates

Dry Utilities: Urban Design Consulting Engineers



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