Wallenberg High School Modernization

San Francisco, California

Originally constructed as an elementary school, the campus had been operating as a high school with less than optimal facilities for over 25 years.  The modernization addresses the needs of a 21st century high performing high school while reconciling infrastructure, maintenance and accessibility concerns.  A new state-of-the-art two-story classroom, counseling and media-center building has replaced numerous deteriorating portable structures.  A bright new main entry and upper level extension houses an elevator that serves all three stories of the existing main building.

A large swath of asphalt has been replaced by a beautifully landscaped main courtyard, complete with a new lunch shelter that doubles as a special events amphitheater.   New glass overhead doors in the renovated cafeteria open up to the courtyard extending the dining area and creating a seamless indoor/outdoor connection.  Campus-wide accessibility barriers have been eliminated and technology, systems and finishes have been upgraded.  The outdated library has been converted to additional classrooms, freeing up numerous existing classrooms for conversion to labs that support the schools growing science emphasis.  Interim housing and careful phasing of the work allowed construction to occur while the campus was fully occupied.

Programming, design, construction documents and construction oversight by Brad Gunkel as Project Architect with Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture