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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Green Architects Talk Design, Development, and Reshaping Bayview-Hunters Point

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

PROJECT FROG
  • Project Frog

Since its completion in 2011, the Hunter's Point Community Center has dedicated itself to building a sustainable community. Bayview-Hunters Point is one of the fastest growing communities in San Francisco, with over 34,000 ethnically and economically diverse residents. The 5,000 square foot Community Center serves a population dominated by families, meaning that 89 percent of the community's households have children. The pre-fab building tries to cater to all residents, functioning as a recreational center, in addition to job training, arts education, public meetings, and events.

Next month, Project Frog Architects Courtney Dill Glander and John Jackson will lead an interior tour of the community center, followed by a discussion. Project Frog is a company which combines green technological aspects of building materials with the aesthetic values of architecture. The community center is an excellent example of their work, which highlights the historic industrial area while accounting for its urban context.

The Hunters Point Community Center was completed in 2011. - PROJECT FROG
  • Project Frog
  • The Hunters Point Community Center was completed in 2011.

The duo will speak to pre-fab design strategies and implementation, as well as effective strategies for incorporating green building materials. They are well-suited to discuss ways to maximize energy efficiency: The building received a LEED rating of Silver in 2011, and the roof features Bosch Solar Energy Think Film module.

Glander and Jackson will also address the redevelopment of an area in transition. The cutting edge facility is just one of many projects reshaping 14 miles of coastline, defined by its rolling topography and bay views. The area is still awaiting the development of the Shipyard Streetscape, which will be, according to the master plan, "starting a new San Francisco neighborhood from the ground up." This means freshly paved streets with new sidewalks, lighting, and signage, which will then be enhanced by the Open Space Plan, which seeks to improve the city's public spaces through parks.

The tour starts at 3 p.m. August 2 at the Hunter's Point Community Center (Galvez and Donahue). Register through the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter. Admission is $10-$15.

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