SFWS Bushnell Center for Athletics & Community

San Francisco, California


450 Architects


San Francisco Waldorf School


22,600 sq.ft.

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Design Team
Coffman Engineers (Civil); EDesignC (MEP); Strandberg Engineering (Structural); Hyphae Design LAB (Landscape); Habitat Horticulture (Growing Wall); Rollo & Ridley (Geotech); ESH Consultants (Fire Protection); Auerbach Pollock Friedlander (Theater); JPM International (Specifications); Oliver & Company (General Contractor)

The Bushnell Center for Athletics & Community fulfills a long-held aspiration for a multipurpose space for the San Francisco Waldorf School. It is designed to be a hub for athletics, performances, lectures, and community gatherings. The new center is sited to create a sheltered courtyard between the existing and new facility. It provides a variety of spaces supporting outdoor learning, social gatherings, and casual connections.

The facility has a 358-seat gymnasium that will host the school’s robust athletic program and double as a flexible space for school and community performances, a classroom, and a commercial kitchen for school and catered events. The space also can accommodate up to 970 people for the school’s popular Winter Fair, Spring Night and graduations.

The building was conceived as a simple steel structure clad in cedar siding to reinterpret the texture of the existing concrete high school building. The street façade features a growing wall of native pollinator vines that create a dynamic identity for the campus as well as a life-long metaphor for learning, nature, and growth.

The plantings, selected by Habitat Horticulture, support the Waldorf pedagogy and will provide materials for basket weaving, dyes, and culinary arts. They reflect the school’s commitment to climate resiliency.

The Bushnell Center is the second phase of a multiphase project for the San Francisco Waldorf School. Designed to be solar photovoltaic-ready, the school will have the ability to provide power for the entire campus and achieve net-zero energy goals.

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Product suppliers specified

Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Marmoleum
Physical-Education Flooring by Robbins Sports Surfaces
Ceilings by Tectum
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by Pemko
Door Hardware by NGP
Insulation by Owens Corning
Paint/Wallcoverings by Kelly-Moore Paints
Plumbing by Watts
Plumbing by JR Smith
Plumbing by Josam
Roofing by Versico
Windows by Arcadia
Lighting & Accessories by Metalux
Lighting & Accessories by Peerless Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Eaton
Lighting & Accessories by Corelite Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by SELUX
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Siemens Building Technologies
Locks by Schlage
Drinking Fountains by HAWS
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Chicago Faucets
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Bleachers/Grandstands by Hussey Seating
Scoreboards/Clocks by Nevco Scoreboard
Scoreboards/Clocks by Daktronics
HVAC Units by Greenheck
HVAC Units by Titus
Draperies/Blinds by Skyco
Kitchen Equipment by Bosch Appliances
Kitchen Equipment by Captive-Aire
Draperies/Blinds by Rose Brand
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