Thoreau Center for Sustainability
A landmark in several ways, the Thoreau Center for Sustainability was the first renovation project at the new National Park in the Presidio of San Francisco, an early model of successful private/public partnerships within the National Parks, and a pioneering integration of sustainable design strategies within the National Register of historic structures.
Tides Foundation / Equity Community Builders
Presidio of San Francisco, CA
75,000 sq. ft. (Phase 1); 37,000 sq. ft. (Phase 2A)
Located in the historic hospital wards of the Presidio’s Letterman Complex, the Center provides a home for over 60 non-profit organizations working for a healthy environment and a just world. The landmark buildings were upgraded for their new use as office and research facilities in strict conformance with the requirements of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Structures. In compliance with the National Park Service’s “Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design,” the design team researched and applied the latest developments in sustainable building materials and integrated building systems available at the time.