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San Francisco Conservatory of Music

The state-of-the-art academic and performance facility is conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco, at Civic Center, near the San Francisco Symphony Hall, the Opera House, and City Hall.

Bullet 76K SF
Bullet $80M construction cost

The project consisted of two (2) existing buildings, 50 and 70 Oak Street. With its historically significant facades and relatively sound structure, 50 Oak Street was completely restored and reconfigured, while adjoining 70 Oak Street was rebuilt in a complementary and contemporary design.

Founded in 1917, the Conservatory continues to offer a variety of music education degrees, as well as cultural-enrichment programs and world-class performances available to the public. The new space makes these offerings easier by featuring a 445-seat concert hall, 145-seat recital hall and 100-seat Osher Salon. Also featured are 44 teaching studios, 14 classrooms, 33 acoustically-sound practice rooms; a percussion suite; a keyboard laboratory; an electronic music studio; recording studio, computer lab, and a 6,508 sf library with a rooftop terrace. All performance spaces were designed to meet the most rigorous acoustical specifications, isolating them from street noise and from each other. 

This project was recently awarded a 2010 AIA Design Award of Merit in the Excellence in Architecture category.

Innovative systems include:

  • Special-order, Italian-made fan coil units used for each classroom and studio space after determining these products alone were capable of meeting acoustic needs.

  • Displacement and radiant cooling air conditioning used for all performance spaces.

  • Custom-made acoustically optimized multiple zone variable volume air handling system with unique acoustic design challenges.

  • Major fiber reinforce plastic ductwork installed underground concrete slab-on-grade to serve the concert hall.

  • Solar domestic hot water system provided at roof to achieve free hot water for lavatories and sinks throughout the building.

  • Facility-wide wi-fi hot zone providing students and faculty with unrestricted access to recorded music.

  • Atrium smoke control system.