San Francisco (April 28, 2023) - The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is celebrating the completion of a new classroom building at Hillcrest Elementary School, a project of the district’s 2016 Bond Program. The completion of the project arrives after the March 2023 release of SFUSD’s draft Facilities Master Plan (FMP), an ambitious roadmap that highlights the initiatives on deck for the next 10 years that will have an impact on over 140 buildings in the district’s real estate portfolio, and the proposed recommendations to address them.
The 6,500-square foot building includes six general education classrooms, student and staff restrooms, and building system equipment rooms. The new building is in addition to an earlier modernization project at Hillcrest and replaces five classroom bungalows. Through a separate but related project, the existing facilities at Hillcrest were upgraded with ADA access, seismic upgrades, and various site improvements.
“At SFUSD, we strive to cultivate spaces where children feel safe, engaged, and focused as part of our Student-Centered Core Values,” said SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne. “We’re grateful for the support from our Facilities team and community, including San Francisco voters for giving our schools these learning spaces.”
The $7.4 million project included sitework featuring renovated paving, planters to manage stormwater, new playground matting, and fencing and site striping.
Construction on the new classroom building started in January 2022 and was completed on schedule. K2A Architecture + Interiors is the architect of the new building.
“The completion of this new building at Hillcrest is an accomplishment for all San Francisco public schools,” said SF Board of Education President Kevine Boggess. “When our community supports having modernized, state-of-the-art facilities at our schools, all of our students can thrive.”
The FMP by SFUSD includes a detailed assessment of the condition of 148 of the district’s buildings and systems, analyzes areas of need in the context of policy priorities and projected enrollment trends, and identifies the financial resources required to support capital investments for the nearly 10 million square feet of property owned by SFUSD. The SFUSD Facilities team has been gathering community input via in-person and virtual workshops to help shape the FMP and expects to present a final version of the FMP to the San Francisco Board of Education on May 9.
In November 2016, San Franciscans approved Proposition A, a $744 million general obligation bond to fund repairs, and maintenance to SFUSD facilities. The bond also allows SFUSD to construct new schools and make seismic upgrades to existing facilities. Through the 2016 bond, SFUSD funded renovation of 1.1 million square feet in SF schools, including construction of 45 new classrooms and removal of 22 bungalows.
Read more about the Hillcrest ES New Building project here.
Read more about the School Facilities Bond Program here and the 2016 Bond Program here.
Read more about the Facilities Master Plan here.