Transformation of Historic Pier into Collaborative Arts Spaces

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A National Historic Landmark and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason Center is home to 35 nonprofit organizations focusing on the visual and performing arts, humanities, education, ecology, and recreation. After the transfer of the military base to the National Park Service in 1972, Fort Mason Center was established to oversee the adaptive re-use of three piers and seven buildings into a nonprofit arts center. The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) was founded in 1871 and is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. In 2014, LMSA provided services to rehabilitate and seismically upgrade the 104-year-old Pier 2 shed to include the 450-seat Cowell Theater and is currently completing phase 2 of the Pier 2 project with SFAI on the relocation of their Graduate Center to the historic pier shed. The project includes 154 graduate studios, workshop, gallery, and media theater, and serves to expand upon the institution's national reputation of experimentation, risk-taking, and innovation. Working closely with the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Office, the Graduate Center has been inserted into Pier 2 in strict conformance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.
Palo Alto, CA
Distance Learning
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Historic Preservation
Parks & Recreation
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
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Challenges of a Tax Credit Project
Sustainable Design for a Historic Building
Project Use - Transforming a Community Venue to a Warehouse of Artist Studios
Structural Complexities of Rehabilitation
Ryan Jang; Christine Van Wagenen; Stephen Kasierski; Heather Hickman Holland
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California Preservation Foundation

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