City College of San Francisco - Chinatown North Beach Campus

San Francisco, CA

Swinerton Management & Consulting’s (SMC) team worked closely with the City College of San Francisco District to ensure that the contractor adhered to the District’s design standards and contract specifications. SMC monitored quality, schedule and change order pricing and coordinated with all parties in order to minimize the construction impact to campus operations.

This 15-story LEED Gold sustainable College Campus  with a 5-story Annex is a result of over of over 30 years of grass-roots community activism to bring a college campus to a traditionally under-served community. Taking full advantage of its urban site, the project is located within close proximity to an extensive public transportation network. Almost all of the students live, work or do business in Chinatown and nearby neighborhoods. 

This building incorporated 21st century teaching, technology and innovation. The building provides 39 classrooms and laboratories, administrative offices, library and community room that opens up into a terrace overlooking Portsmouth Square. A 5-story annex houses the culinary program that includes a teaching kitchen, a community black box theater, four classrooms and a public cafe. The result is an artful combination of technology and transparency resulting in a compact (.25 acres), open and dynamic 15-story vertical campus serving over 4,000 students a day in the heart of the Chinatown community.


  • New Urban Downtown College Campus
  • LEED Silver
  • New Construction
  • State-Funded Project


San Francisco Community College District