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The Barricades Are Coming Down!

posted Jan 3, 2017, 10:32 AM by Chris Bliss


Construction in the Nave on San Francisco campus is almost complete and the new space will be ready for use at the start of the spring semester on January 17.

The new two-story space will include classrooms and offices on the lower level and large open studios on the upper level. The alcove space between the new construction and the production stage has been transformed into a double-height "darkenable" presentation space with projection and sound capabilities.

Starting January 17, the space can be booked through EMS. For questions, contact facilities@cca.edu.

Nave Construction Nearing Completion

posted Dec 15, 2016, 4:50 PM by Chris Bliss


Good news! Construction is nearing completion and the new space will be ready for use at the start of the spring semester in January.

This interior remodel includes a 6,600 square foot two-story structure identical to the three existing structures on the south edge of the Nave, with classrooms and offices on the lower level and large open studios on the upper level. The alcove space between this new construction and the production stage has been fitted out as a double-height, flat floor, "darkenable" presentation space with projection and sound capabilities.

Starting January 17, the space can be booked through EMS. For questions, contact facilities@cca.edu.

Nave Construction Update

posted Oct 4, 2016, 11:40 AM by Chris Bliss   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 11:47 AM ]


Originally slated for completion by September 15, construction on the Nave was delayed due to the Planning and Building Department review processes and an unprecedented building permit backlog in San Francisco. As a result, there will be construction-related activities through the fall 2016 semester.

There will be construction-related noise intermittently throughout the fall. Activities producing the loudest noise--such as drywall installation--will be finished by the end of October. 

Occupational safety and health:
  • CCA and our contractor take this issue very seriously not only for our community but also to protect the workers on the construction site. We have an excellent site superintendent who schedules frequent health and safety checks. The contractor has strict site safety requirements and must also adhere to OSHA standards. 
  • The site meets all requirements for dust control, exhaust, and ventilation and all materials are managed in accordance with city, state, and federal regulations.
  • There will inevitably be some dust and odor from construction activities but we do not expect any hazards

Due to the noise, we have moved some classes to other locations. If there are any other concerns, instructors are advised to contact their program managers. We apologize for the inconvenience and will continue to communicate updates as construction progresses. Construction is expected to be completed in December and the new spaces will be fully operational in time for the spring 2017 semester.

This interior remodel of the Nave will include a new 6,600-square-foot, two-story “classroom pod” with three offices on the first floor and an adjacent double-height multipurpose presentation space. Enhancements will include a sliding glass curtain wall, new skylight, higher-performing acoustics, lighting, and audio/visual capability. We can't wait for it to be done. Follow the construction progress on Instagram #TheNewNave.

CCA Hubbell Street Galleries Open October 6

posted Aug 26, 2016, 3:35 PM by Chris Bliss   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 11:20 AM ]


CCA is increasing its visibility in the neighborhood by opening up a series of seven spaces on Hubbell Street—just one block from the main San Francisco campus. Four of the suites are designated as the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries, which will be programmed year-round with curated projects and exhibitions, including senior solo shows, curriculum-based exhibitions, and student-organized exhibitions. The inaugural exhibition opens September 27.

The PLAySPACE Graduate Center Gallery will also relocate to Hubbell Street. The remaining three suites will be a shared meeting room, a campus planning office, and short-term office/collaboration space.

Opening exhibition: LOCAL RESOURCE

September 27–October 15, 2016

Opening celebration: Thursday, October 6, from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

161 Hubbell Street (at 16th Street), San Francisco

Local Resource is a thematic exhibition program presented in collaboration with 18 local partners to introduce and showcase existing art and community resources in the Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Mission, Mission Bay, and SOMA neighborhoods of San Francisco while demonstrating ways the new gallery spaces can serve as a resource for both CCA students and the surrounding community. More information here.

Nave Construction Continues

posted Aug 23, 2016, 12:06 PM by Chris Bliss   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 12:06 PM ]


This interior remodel includes a new 6,600-square-foot, two-story “classroom pod” with three offices on the first floor and an adjacent double-height multipurpose presentation space. Enhancements will include a sliding glass curtain wall, new skylight, higher-performing acoustics, lighting, and audio/visual capability.

Originally slated for completion by September 15, construction was delayed due to the Planning and Building Department review processes and an unprecedented building permit backlog in San Francisco. As a result, please expect construction-related activities through the fall 2016 semester.

 

The width of the Nave will remain narrowed and the former alcove area will remain closed. The construction barrier wall is covered with a special surface so it can be used for critiques. There will be construction-related noise intermittently throughout the fall. Activities producing the loudest noise should be finished on or around September 19.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will continue to communicate updates as construction progresses. Construction is expected to be completed in December and the new spaces will be fully operational in time for the spring 2017 semester. Follow the progress on Instagram #TheNewNave.

Midsummer Project and Construction Update

posted Jul 14, 2016, 5:11 PM by Chris Bliss   [ updated Jul 14, 2016, 5:16 PM by Jim Norrena ]

R
elocations

Several academic and administrative programs will be relocating this summer due to the sale of the College Avenue apartment building in Oakland and construction of the new classroom pod and presentation space in the Nave. Below are the affected departments/programs and their new locations. We hope to have all moves completed by mid-August.

Department/Program                               New Location              
ETS                                                               80 Carolina, first floor
CAPL                                                              Faculty Lounge, Oakland
Counseling Services (SF)                            199 De Haro Street (second floor)
Materials Library                                         SF Main Alpha, second floor
Graphic Design                                            SF Main Beta, first floor
Interaction Design Homeroom                 SF Main Beta, first floor
DMBA Homeroom and Classroom           SF Main Campus Center, second floor
Architecture & Interior Design                  SF Main Alpha, second floor                       

Nave Pod and Presentation Space

Architect: Leddy, Maytum, Stacy (LMS)
Construction Development Consultant and Contractor: Oliver & Company
Construction Start: May 15, 2016
Construction Substantial Completion Date: December 8, 2016
Post Construction (commissioning): December and January (projected)
Occupancy: January 17, 2017 (projected)

Interior remodel includes a new 6,600-square-foot, two-story “classroom pod” with three offices on the first floor and an adjacent double height multipurpose presentation space. Enhancements include a sliding glass curtain wall, new skylight, higher-performing acoustics, lighting, and audio/visual capability.

Status
Originally slated for completion by September 15, construction was delayed due to current conditions of the Planning and Building Department review processes and an unprecedented building permit backlog in San Francisco. As a result, please expect barrier- and construction-related activities through the fall 2016 semester. The width of the Nave will remain narrowed and the alcove area will remain closed. We will be covering the construction barrier wall with a special surface so it can be used for critiques.

There will be construction-related noise intermittently throughout the fall. Activities producing the loudest noise should be finished on or around September 19. Other measures being taken to mitigate impact on classes and events include scheduling disruptive activities in early morning (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) or evening; selective overtime to expedite project; a plan to allow fluid path of travel in the building during construction; and stakeholder meetings for coordination, communication, and devising alternative scheduling solutions to accommodate existing plans.

We will continue to communicate updates to the schedule as construction progresses.

CCA Leases Exhibition Space in New Potrero 1010 Project

posted May 31, 2016, 11:51 AM by Chris Bliss   [ updated May 31, 2016, 11:53 AM by Jim Norrena ]


CCA student exhibitions will get a lot more notice with the opening of new storefront space in the Potrero 1010 apartment project. The space is located on Hubbell Street -- just a block from CCA's San Francisco campus -- and will be used for student, alumni, and faculty exhibitions, events, screenings, meetings, and informal gatherings. The space will open this fall, date to be determined.

Developed by Equity Residential, Potrero 1010 is nearing completion and features 453 apartments along with space set aside for production, distribution, and repair use, which allows for artist and industrial uses.

There is also 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and one-acre Daggett Park. David Baker Architect is the architectural firm designing the project. 

Read more about the CCA project in a recent article in the San Francisco Business Times.

Commencement & Thesis Events 2016

posted May 10, 2016, 3:59 PM by Chris Bliss   [ updated May 10, 2016, 4:35 PM by Jim Norrena ]


Join us May 12-15 as CCA opens its San Francisco campus to showcase graduating students' most powerful work in art, architecture, design, and writing. Except for the May 13 Fashion Show, all events are free and open to the public.

May 12 opening receptions, 6–10 p.m.
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco campus 

Shuttle service will be available to transport guests between venues.
Please visit cca.edu/2016 to confirm dates and times.

More information visit cca.edu.

Summer 2016 Construction Planned for 1111 Eighth Street

posted May 9, 2016, 3:44 PM by Chris Bliss   [ updated May 10, 2016, 4:34 PM by Jim Norrena ]


We are in the final stages of planning for a construction project on our San Francisco campus. 

This summer a new two-story structure will be constructed within the interior of our 1111 Eighth Street building. This will add two classrooms, three offices, and 2,200 square feet of instructional space on the second floor of the building.

The project scope also includes construction of an adjacent presentation space that will provide a controlled lighting and acoustically engineered environment to support a wide variety of college programming. 

Due to the scope of planned construction, a section of the 1111 Eighth Street building will be closed this summer. To those familiar with the site, only the Beta building will be closed. The closure will include the Nave, N-Studio classrooms, Production Stage, SANF 100 and 200 series studios, and the Back Lot.

These areas will be closed beginning 11:59 p.m. on May 15 and will reopen at 8 a.m. on August 22. (Authorized exhibition teams will have access until 5 p.m. on May 16.)

1111 Eighth Street construction closure:
Closed - May 15, 11:59 p.m.
Open - August 22, 8 a.m.

The main campus entrance on 1111 Eighth Street will be closed, except for access to ARCH and A2 Café. The café will close for about three weeks starting May 15The 450 Irwin building (Alpha) will remain open, including our instructional shops, computer labs, Simpson Library, Timken Lecture Hall, studios, and classrooms spaces.

Please use the 450 Irwin (delivery) entrance to access these spaces.

All other San Francisco campus buildings will operate as usual. All academic programming and scheduled summer courses will be unaffected and will run as planned.


Busy Summer for SF Facilities Crew

posted Sep 9, 2015, 2:57 PM by Chris Bliss   [ updated Feb 18, 2016, 8:06 PM by Jim Norrena ]

photo of students on San Francisco campus

Wandering around the San Francisco campus last summer, one couldn't help but wonder about the many construction projects that were under way.

Operations Chief Noah Bartlett provided an impressive list of projects that were completed during the few months between semesters, as his crew worked around the summer classes for adults and youth.

The list is truly awe-inspiring:

Main Building, 1111 Eighth Street
  • New MDes in Interaction Design collaboration space (a.ka. homeroom/dedicated studio). The space was completely reimagined to accommodate the new program and support new modes of working, teaching, and learning.  
  • New MFA in Film collaboration space to  accommodate program vision and growth
  • Hybrid Lab expansion due to heavy demand 
  • Two new seminar classrooms to meet with increased demand for this kind of space
  • New meditation room (or prayer space). This project is a collaboration among Architecture, Enrollment Services Office, International Student Affairs & Programs, and Operations to provide a space for prayer and reflection on campus.
  • Refreshed Library space including new MUSE project (Mobile Units for Scientific Exploration) funded through National Science Foundation (NSF) grant
  • Refreshed S-studios with new furniture and general space improvements 
  • Upgraded East and West classrooms with writable surfaces, refreshed furniture
  • Refreshed courtyard furniture to improve the "front-door presentation"
Graduate Center Complex
  • New MFA in Design collaboration studio. The space was completely redesigned by Jensen Architects to accommodate program vision, growth, and support new modes of working, teaching, and learning. 
  • Educational Technology Services has refreshed AV equipment throughout the center
Shops Improvements 
  • The Knowledge Center: a hub for all shop tools, digital checkout, consumables, and advice
  • A 24/7 clean-making space: open work area, leather skiver, over-lock machine, and more
  • A dedicated casting lab: ventilated space for resins, silicone, casting, and mold making
  • A wet work area on the Back Lot: plaster, cement, and stonework, with space for large-scale making
  • Improved Metal Shop (formerly the Alternative Materials): new material storage, equipment, and tools
  • Improved welding shop: a new plasma cutter, improved material storage, and work area
  • Improved model shop: sand blasting, new equipment, and work spaces
  • Expanded and improved Hybrid Lab: new equipment and work spaces
  • Improved RP studios: new lasers and 3D printers installed and ready to use
  • Expanded CNC hours: 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Monday–Friday

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