2019 AIA Housing Awards: Bill Sorro Community by Kennerly Architecture & Planning

Multifamily Housing

Bill Sorro Community

ARCHITECT:  Kennerly Architecture & Planning

LOCATION: San Francisco, California

PROJECT SIZE: 67 units

The Bill Sorro Community reanimates a tough abandoned corner in San Francisco’s Sixth Street Lodginghouse Historic District with 67 apartments for low-income families and developmentally disabled adults, and restaurant and retail spaces. The project involved partnerships with the community to reflect on the historic and unique qualities of the neighborhood, and the mission of Bill Sorro, an endeared community leader. 

The building’s design resonates with the neighborhood’s distinctive character, enhances its’ vibrant mix of uses, and preserves affordability. With a GreenPoint Rating of 127 points, the building provides energy efficiency, air quality, storm water management, and greywater reuse. These sustainability strategies were integral in the design goal to provide a healthier environment to live and work, and to reduce ongoing costs to make funds available for other uses. 

Residential amenities include private balconies, a roof garden, laundry rooms, day-lit corridors, indoor bike room, landscaped courtyard, and flexible spaces for offices, exercise, and gatherings. —Kennerly Architecture & Planning

Additional Credits

General contractor: James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp; construction manager: Regent Construction Management; landscape architect: Cliff Lowe Associates; civil engineer: Luk and Associates; geotechnical engineer: Treadwell & Rollo, Langan Geotechnical; structural engineer: DCI + SDE; plumbing engineer: DPC Consulting Engineers, Inc.; MEP engineer: Ajmani & Pamidi Inc., MHC Engineers, Inc.; photographer: Bruce Damonte

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