San Francisco Art Institute at Fort Mason Center

Pier 2 at the historic army base Fort Mason Center is currently being renovated into the new San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Center.

A major component of transforming Fort Mason Center from a historic army base into a thriving nonprofit arts and community center, LMSA led the adaptive reuse of Pier 2 and is currently working with the San Francisco Art Institute to turn the interior shed into a hub for graduate studios and public engagement with the arts.

Owner

Fort Mason Center / San Francisco Art Institute

Location

San Francisco, CA

Size

69,000 sq. ft.

Image Credit

Bruce Damonte / LMSA for renderings

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Once blocked by an exit corridor, the building’s full width has been restored with significant access to daylight and incredible views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Deteriorating concrete walls, and corroded steel structure were restored as part of the seismic strengthening which also included renovating the 450-seat Cowell Theater and Herbst Exhibit Pavilion. Integrated sustainable building systems were introduced, featuring a 255 KW photovoltaic solar panel array that provides up to 85% of the building's electrical needs.

Scheduled to be complete in 2017, the Graduate Center for SFAI will include 170+ studios, public exhibition galleries, performance installation rooms, multipurpose teaching spaces, a black box theater, and a workshop. Working closely with the National Parks Service, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the State Historic Preservation Office, the new center will be inserted into the historic landmark shed in strict conformance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.

Pier 2 at the historic army base Fort Mason Center is currently being renovated into the new San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Center.
Pier 2 at the historic army base Fort Mason Center is currently being renovated into the new San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Center.
Awards
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Trustees' Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites
California Preservation Foundation, Rehabilitation Award