BISHOP SWING COMMUNITY HOUSE
San Francisco, CA
New Supportive Housing
Susannah Meek provided comprehensive architectural consulting services - planning and community outreach, schematic design, and construction documents - to Herman Coliver Locus for Episcopal Community Services for this new supportive SRO housing development in San Francisco. Named for Bishop William E. Swing, who initiated Episcopal Community Services' programs for the homeless 30 years ago, this 88,000 square foot development houses 134 formerly homeless men and women. Each unit is accessible or adaptable for persons with disabilities.
Early Design Phases had to work through potential historic district issues and feedback from the community. Throughout the design process we enacted value engineering, working with Cahill Contractors, and we implemented green building best practices, working towards LEED Silver certification. We prioritized full length glazing at the very small units and a full length courtyard at the entry to create a protected haven.