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Town School For Boys

BUILDING AS A TEACHING TOOL

Unearthing space for expansion to transform a 50-year old school into an active teaching tool

Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent school with a long-standing tradition of educating San Francisco boys. The school was in need of renovation and more space to further its academic programs. Its location in an exclusive residential neighborhood presented major obstacles to expansion. MKThink identified the opportunity to expand the school below ground by excavating 175,000 CF of material—an architectural solution that added 20,302 SF of capacity while avoiding the expense of acquiring any new land. Reconfiguring the interior layout and reprogramming the schedule captured the equivalent of 12,000 SF.

PROJECT:

COMPLETION: 2010-2014
CITY: San Francisco
STATE: California
SIZE/SCALE: 55,000 SF
MARKET: K-12

SERVICES:

CHALLENGE: There was a need to expand and modernize a school for boys with a long-standing legacy on one of the most constrained and expensive sites in the city.
SERVICES: Occupancy/Utilization Analytics, Master Planning, Full Service A/E Services (with subcontractors), Interior Architecture, Code & Permit Expediting, Project Management, and Construction Management.
RESULT: Interior renovations transformed the dated facility into an active teaching tool that enhances the STEM curriculum, facilitates inquiry-based learning, and cultivates a sense of community.