UCSF Kirkham Childcare CenterNovember 20, 2014
Sited on a steep hillside, the building is entered from the uppermost area of the site where level parking and protected parent access to the facility is provided. A welcoming entry court and reception spaces promote a sense of community among staff, students, and parents. Classrooms for the younger children are located on the main level, near the front entry for ease of access, while spaces for the older children are located on the lower level. Through successful collaboration with neighborhood groups, the building is designed with varied residentially-scaled materials appropriate to the neighborhood.
Significant to the overall design solution, the project utilizes prefabricated modular unit construction, ultimately reducing the overall construction costs all the while maintaining a contextual design aesthetic, fulfilling the unique programmatic space requirements, and mitigating the complex site conditions.
Location / year
San Francisco, CA / 2010
Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP
Michael Jak, LEED AP
Pfau Long Architecture