San Francisco, CA—As the culmination of a merger process begun four years ago, architecture firm Gould Evans Baum Thornley is changing the name of its San Francisco studio to Gould Evans. Over the past four years, the studio has drawn on its national resources to expand its capabilities in design innovation, technological expertise, and client service, with several new and completed projects that exemplify this growth.
Principal Douglas Thornley explains, “The merger has allowed us to explore an increased range of building types—in particular schools, colleges and libraries—building upon Gould Evans’s history of design excellence and award-winning, place-specific architecture.”
The San Francisco studio has completed or is in the process of completing numerous significant projects, including the 750 2nd Street Residences in San Francisco (targeting LEED Gold), a sophisticated building designed to attract technology sector residents to the building’s historic district; UC San Francisco Parking Facility, a tight infill site on the Mt. Zion campus neatly woven into the city fabric; and Claremont Branch Library in Berkeley, a neighborhood jewel for which Gould Evans sensitively refurbished a 1920s structure and opened up a 1970s addition to bring in natural light and engage the streetscape.
The firm has recently been awarded several exciting new projects that underscore the diversity of its portfolio, including the Congregation Emanu-El Master Plan, a collaboration with the congregation that will improve utilization and sustainability of this historic facility to achieve its mission; the Milpitas Unified School District Learning Centers, innovative educational environments at two elementary schools that support a “blended” 21st-century learning model; and Newton Vineyard in St. Helena, an enhancement of an iconic Napa Valley winery that will re-imagine the visitor experience, increase brand projection, and improve production facilities. Looking to the future, Principal Bob Baum says, “Working in close collaboration with our colleagues in Kansas City, Lawrence, Tampa and Phoenix, we will continue to seek opportunities to work with people who care about the built environment and its impact on society.”
The San Francisco studio of Gould Evans will continue to offer clients the highest quality of design and commitment to service. As part of the studio’s growth, Bob Baum has been named to the Gould Evans Board of Directors, and Douglas Thornley has taken a leadership role in its Design Committee. “Bob and Douglas are integral to the collaborative, research-based studio culture for which Gould Evans is known,” says Anthony Rohr, National Managing Principal. “Their leadership is a contributing factor in our firm’s evolution and growth, particularly our increased focus on projects in the Pacific Region. The fashion in which they’ve engaged opportunities has been fabulous. They’ve been great partners.”
Gould Evans—with additional studios in Kansas City, Missouri; Lawrence, Kansas; Tampa, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona—offers expertise in higher education projects, civic buildings, workplaces, entertainment facilities, and urban planning. The firm has recently completed many significant projects, including the Cerner Corporation West Campus inKansas City, Missouri; the Tulane University Football Stadium; the Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower in Phoenix, Arizona; and the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center Replacement Facility in La Jolla, California.
Gould Evans is a design and planning firm whose principals and associates are united around a common vision: to create experientially-rich spaces with positive and measurable outcomes, impacting our clients’ lives every day.