San Francisco, CA — At 11:00 AM on Monday, September 24, California College of the Arts (CCA) will officially open its new student housing, 75 Arkansas, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 75 Arkansas Street, announced Richard Stacy, founding principal of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA), which designed the building.
The project is being developed by property owner and longtime CCA board of trustees member Simon Blattner of SF Bay Limited Partners, with Equity Community Builders as the development manager and Oliver & Company as contractor. Addressing the critical unmet need for student housing in San Francisco, Mr. Blattner has developed his property specifically to provide affordable housing to CCA students who otherwise would have to compete in San Francisco’s inflated housing market.
Less than three blocks from CCA’s main campus on Eighth Street, 75 Arkansas can accommodate over 200 students, including continuing, transfer, and graduate students. In a series of wings, the apartments are organized around a central lobby, common room, laundry room, and open daylight vertical stair. The three upper residential floors are designed as apartment-style student housing: each unit includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a central eat-in kitchen, and a living room with full-height windows in a projected bay. Study nooks outside of the bedrooms provide creative use of hallway space, maximizing use of the generous layouts. The apartments offer light-filled rooms with
modern amenities and views of San Francisco.
The mixed-use ground floor is designed to enhance the surrounding Potrero Hill neighborhood. Four street-level commercial spaces will be leased to tenants that support student and community needs. In addition, a spacious multipurpose space flanked by two connecting garden courtyards will provide for campus and student life activities.
In keeping with the college’s sustainability program, the building’s design is expected to attain a Platinum level rating under the GreenPoint rating system. Special attention was given to conserving resources and providing a healthy living environment. The building’s roof is covered with solar panels for both renewable electricity and hot water production. Performance models predict that the building will consume nearly 75 percent less energy than the national average for a college dormitory.
About Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Founded in 2001, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects designs high-performance architecture that addresses some of today’s biggest challenges. The firm works with community, cultural, educational, and social justice organizations to build environments that support positive social change and help lead our society to a sustainable future. The firm’s work has garnered numerous local, national, and international awards, including the 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest recognition the national American Institute of Architects can bestow. For more information, visit www.lmsarch.com .